A clunky soulless shipping container has been given a new lease on life as a chic portable boutique shop in Toronto. Online retailer Needs & Wants Studios teamed up with Ryerson University architecture grad Marco Lee to transform a metal container into a beautiful and welcoming timber-lined showroom. The surprisingly cozy piece of cargotecture first popped up in the affluent Toronto neighborhood The Kingsway and is scheduled to travel across Canada and across the border to New York City.
Needs & Wants Studio sourced the container from the Canadian supplier Storstac and, following designs they created last fall, painted the facade white and lined the interior with light-colored wood. To give the small 160-square-foot shipping container a sense of spaciousness, the mobile boutique created entrances on both ends that are kept open to expand the showroom’s footprint to the outdoors. Mirrored, one-way glazing was also inserted into two large square cutouts on the long walls.
The interior is minimally decorated and a large mirror propped against one wall helps with the illusion of spaciousness. Needs & Wants Studio’s clothing line, which focuses on upscale mens outerwear, is elegantly displayed on metal racks. The herringbone-patterned floor and uneven timber paneling on the walls and ceiling give the space texture to keep it from looking dull. In addition to the mobile boutique’s scheduled tour, the Toronto brand has plans to create a second portable showroom that will be “designed for water.”
Images via Needs & Wants Studio