Louvres are used to partially separate one space from another, while maintaining a sense of openness and visual connection. The studio divided the existing space into two volumes representing different areas of trade activity. White electrical and extraction pipes run across the ceiling, giving the interior an industrial feel that resonates with the shipping container- and crate-inspired enclosures. Toronto-based MSDS Studio was approached by online retail brand Shopify to redesign the interior of its offices in a 100-year-old warehouse. Photography is by Paula Wilson. “Aluminium louvres cladding much of the block, painted in a palette derived from the shipping containers, imply the corrugated material used in their construction,” said the team. Canadian design firm MSDS Studio has fitted out a Toronto warehouse with modular boxes to form offices for e-commerce company Shopify (+ slideshow). Floor plan – click for larger image A staff kitchen that doubles as a bar for evening events wraps around this central space. Collectively the wooden elements are designed to give the space the appearance of a giant wooden palette. Related story: 99c offices by Inhouse Brand Architects feature a waiting room inside a shipping container”The design of the office is built on the metaphor of the mechanisms of contemporary commerce: the front office block and reception area are the market, the rear office is shipping and transport, while the third floor, currently under development, will be production or fabrication,” said the designers. The layout accommodates 90 desks, a reception and retail space, meeting rooms and several areas intended for staff interaction. The reception area operates as pop-up shop displaying wares by Shopify’s clients, while rooms are enclosed in timber and metal boxes that are intended to suggest shipping containers.