Top Design with Jamie Durie

Shipping Containers has recently been involved in the production of Channel Nines new television series ‘Top Design‘ hosted by Jamie Durie. The show aired in July this year and showcased the unique skills of those who enjoy designing, renovating or just simply making over their home.

Granada Media contacted Shipping Containers to see if we would be interested in the project, and we jumped at the chance. We supplied five shipping containers for the Top Design contestants to renovate and transform into a livable area. It was a perfect opportunity for us to showcase what a containerised accommodation unit can look like.


The Contestants

Below you can see the contestants final results for the shipping container renovations, finished in an impressive 4 days work. Shipping Containers would like to congratulate the Top Design contestants on there fantastic work and wish them the very best in the rest of the competition.

Team 1 – Mary & Rob

20' accommodation unit
Mary, 55, SA
An office worker who wants to prove it is never too late

Mary works as a broker and manager in the finance industry and also has her own Christmas decoration company. “I want to prove that you can be nice and kind and behave like a lady and still be a winner,” she says. “Also I have never met a diamante I didn’t like.”


Q. If you were a colour, which colour would you be?

Red, because it is the vibrant, energetic and warm.

20' mining camp
Robert, 29, Victoria
A headstrong and ambitious architect

Robert loves intimate, warm personal spaces. “I try to achieve a level of clarity and minimalism, but the space still needs to have a soul,” he says.


Q. Your house is on fire and you can save only one item or feature. What would it be?

My collection of miniature buildings I have been collecting on my travels.

Team 2 – Dee & Leigh

20' accommodation unit
Dee, 29, NSW
A creative rebel from the fashion industry

Born in WA, Dee has always pushed the boundaries. She is currently working as a visual merchandiser for a fashion house in Sydney. Dee spends her downtime skating, surfing, painting and drawing.

Q. Who is the designer you most admire and why?

Peggy Oki (artist) — she’s the original Dogtown girl. She’s now 60 and she still rips, skates, surfs and paints (and has long, long hair).

20' mining camp
Leigh, 29, Victoria
The carpet cleaner looking for more

Leigh, who describes himself as “blokey”, is a carpet and upholstery cleaner. He decided he liked snooping around the wealthy homes he visited for work, so enrolled in an interior design course. He is now looking to make his mark on the industry.

Q. Who is the designer you most admire and why?

It would be between Banksy and Philippe Starck. I like their bad-boy style.