Located at a street corner in the East Village of New York, Spritea is conceived as a freshly playful environment with a sense of fusion between the Eastern and Western tea culture.

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Location: New York, USA
Program: Tearoom Size: 167 sqm/1,800 sqft
Status: Completed, 2019
Interior Designer: New Practice Studio
Photography:  Andy Chu (Interior), Yueqi Li (Exterior)

Spiritea Tea Shop By New Practice Studio - Sheet2The space is organized based on an open layout, with a series of custom-made curvilinear banquette groups creating dynamic flow and lounge-like experience. The centrally located and carefully detailed bar island anchors the space while being highlighted by the elongated cylindrical ceiling geometry above. Together they showcase the elegant process of teamaking to the guests.

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Spiritea Tea Shop By New Practice Studio - Sheet3The selection of materials renders a gentle and fresh ambience, with light tone site cast terrazzo floor and millworks. Being part of a historically preserved landmark building, the renovated storefront preserves the original structure and details of the building while blends the modern space to the neighborhood.

Spiritea Tea Shop By New Practice Studio - Sheet4The compact restroom reinforces the curvilinear geometries of the main space, featuring a double dome ceiling finished with light oak veneers. The curation of contemporary artworks and neon lights draws attention as one enjoys the unique tea experience.

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New practice studio is an interdisciplinary collaboration between architects, interior designers, graphic designers and brand strategists based in New York and Shanghai. Our work explores possibilities in architecture, urbanism and visual communication as ways to transform the stereotypes of everyday experience into the prototypes of new space and idea. With services from urban planning, architecture design, interior design, furniture design, construction administration to graphic design and branding, we strive to fulfill our clients’ ambition through comprehensive design perspective and rigorous attention to detail and execution.



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