Milky’s Cloud Room pushes shipping container design to a new high in Toronto

The minimalist pop-up swaps steel for stone

Canadian coffee shop Milky’s has dug into the softer side of the shipping container craze with its new Cloud Room bar at Toronto’s Stackt Market.

Full Fat Studio designed the light and airy space, which is wrapped in travertine carved into geometric patterns. The sandy colour of the limestone lends the coffee shop a slightly unearthly feeling, emphasised by the sparse furniture and extreme minimalism.

Lighting in the coffee shop emphasises the contours of the space, designed to play on the surface of the limestone, and wrap around the ceilings. The outpost is named for the way the light creates shadows in the carved travertine – intended to replicate the movement of clouds. It gives customers something to meditate on while they’re waiting for their coffee or tea.

Milky's Cloud Room in Toronto
Photography: Riley Snelling

‘Slow coffee was an appealing concept, so we started thinking about how to create a space for slowness,’ says Fraser Greenberg, founder of Milky’s and a partner at Full Fat Designs. ‘Stone was our material choice, because of its age and solemness. Clouds were our concept because of their speed and unpredictability.’

28 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 0C6

Milky's Cloud Room in Toronto
Photography: Riley Snelling

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