Photographs by Ben Rahn/AFrame.
Cannabis revenue have risen across the country, below a cloud (no pun intended) of controversy, for various reasons, as legislation restricting its possession and use have fallen in some U.S. states. Alongside these legal changes, a niche design typology has, ahem, sprouted up: the large-style marijuana dispensary. The newest example of such a undertaking is Tokyo Smoke Found, a mixed cannabis, clothes, and coffee shop in Toronto, developed by nearby firm Steven Fong Architect, and slotted into an alley in between 2 converted warehouses.
For added whimsy, an 80-square-foot shipping container accommodates the espresso bar in the 330-square-foot space, which is one-element traditional coffee shop and 1-element pop-up sidewalk café. A mix of salvaged materials—garage flood lights as overhead illumination propane tanks transformed into pendant lamps—and new ones, like Eames chairs and Tolix stools, contribute to an aesthetic that bridges previous and new.
The scheme doesn’;t make giant strides in coffee shop design and style, but as an alternative accomplishes the possibly more challenging process of making a familiar area to purchase and eat marijuana edibles, coffee, and a lot more.
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