An unexpected retail escape
Cha Tea Bar/Longwood Galleria/Boston, Massachusetts
The challenge for this tea bar and retail store was multi-faceted: Create an inviting escape where patrons can relax to purchase or enjoy fine teas and a light meal-all in a compact, 125 square-foot corner in a crowded food court.
Our award-winning design for Cha Tea Bar succeeds with a subtle force that commands attention by speaking softly. Thoughtful use of natural materials, including lap-jointed Japanese maple and soapstone, in a spare framework creates an elegant simplicity with echoes of eastern aesthetics. A teapot water fountain reinforces the tea theme, while adding a dimension of sound. Experience and brand come together in a seamless whole, creating a unique identity that demands recognition.
Awarded First Place
"Best of Category"
Specialty Food Shop
2001 Annual Store Design Competition * Institute of Store Planners/VS+MD