You don’t need to be a tea drinker to fall in love with this modern tea shop in Prague—Czech design firm Studio pha transformed a tiny tea store into a stunning wood-lined work of art that’s bound to entice many passersby through its doors. Located in a historic district in Prague, T Lounge is centered on a large circular skylight that pours natural light into the shop. The shop’s delicate and ethereal character is partly achieved through the use of thin and curved wooden birch ribs that line the store from floor to ceiling.
Studio pha was challenged to create an inviting and spacious atmosphere in a narrow and small space. Focusing on the original circular skylight as the centerpiece for the design, the architects inserted curvaceous wooden slats to give the shop its bright and compact bottleneck shape. The thin wooden slats measure 21 millimeters in thickness and are made of birch veneer plywood.
In contrast to the bright, warm-toned wood, the flooring is made of dark gray squeegee-grade microtopping. The furnishings were kept minimalist to maximize the illusion of space. The furniture includes a few simple tables made of medium-density fiberwood as well as a seating area and display case built into the walls.
Images via Studio pha