Time Travel Window Dressing: L.A. Designers Needed


What do you do when a shop dedicated to the vagaries of time travel is looking a little, well, old? Echo Park’s Time Travel Mart, the quirky store that fronts 826LA’s after school writing and tutoring center, is asking L.A. designers and architects to propose a new window display.

It’s a chance for a designer to not just gain visibility on a highly trafficked street but also to help a very worthy cause. The organization has decided the window display will be a twice-yearly rotating gallery for thematic art installations (looking to the future or past).

All of the products sold in the convenience store, including these Mammoth Chunks (as well as kibbles for your now-extinct species), benefit the tutoring programs at 826LA. The window concepts should stay true to the Time Travel theme and “should reinforce 826LA’s values of learning, creativity, reading, or writing.” 826LA is also encouraging artists to explore the spring/summer season in their proposals since a new display will rotate in for fall/winter. The organization will provide $500 to cover materials and labor, so obviously this is a labor of love for all involved. 826LA also asks designers to submit ideas for a product to sell in the store as well, such as a poster, T-shirt, or other goods. Ideas should be submitted by May 1st and the window will debut on May 14th.


For more information, download this PDF which includes dimensions, specs, as well as photos of the window. Proposals will be judged by local experts (mostly in design and art, and maybe a little in collapsing the space/time continuum) including Joel Arquillos, the executive director of 826LA; Shannon Losorelli, the store coordinator; Sonja Rasula, founder of Unique LA; Alissa Walker from GOOD magazine; and Stefan G. Bucher, the inaugural designer for the Mart and principal at 344 Design.

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