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Brief Published: 4 May 2011

The Gourmet Tea


A new space – this time in Sao Paulo, Brazil – is further proof of the ever-growing popularity of the teashop (see our report: Time for Tea: The Rise of the New Tea Shops). Designed by Alan Chu architects, the rainbow-coloured tins of the 35 types of tea offered by The Gourmet Tea company provide inspiration and a focal point for the compact store, housed in a former private residence.

Exposed brick walls painted white form a blank canvas for the multi-coloured counter, which features a façade incorporating all the hues of the tins displayed on top. This is lit by a series of matching ceiling lights in varying shades, shapes and sizes. On the other side of the teashop, neutral wood furniture provides seating for tea drinkers and emphasises the colourful nature of the opposite counter.