Housed on a busy Chinatown street in London, Tsujiri is a modern Japanese tea house with a minimalist motif that’s designed by MIMStudios. Sweeping curves invite customers in to experience the Japanese-inspired shop that incorporates light woods and tones of grey. The soft curved ceiling and bar are made of wood with the grains visible for added texture. They steer people to the counter to order and then back to the seating area to enjoy their purchases. The side staircase leads to additional seating on the mezzanine level. Simple round tables and stools match the rest of the wooden details, like the traditional tea boxes lined along the wall.
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The furniture was custom made using Cinderella marble, corrugated and frosted glass panels, and wood to create various display tables designed at different heights. The furniture is spaced out to give breathing room throughout since the teahouse is located in a highly populated city. A large round table was created using layered artificial marble that mimics the topographical changes of terrace farms. Water was inserted into the table to create additional depth. Photos by Kano Eiichi.
<a href="https://design-milk.com/tea-master-a-modern-teahouse-in-hangzhou-china/tea-master-kooo-architects-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Tea-Master-kooo-architects-1-810x608.jpg" alt="TEA MASTER: A Modern Teahouse in Hangzhou, China" /></a> Specializing in pesticide-free tea, <a href="http://ko-oo.jp/works/1000/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">TEA MASTER</a> is a new modern teahouse located in Hangzhou, China, that was designed by <a href="http://ko-oo.jp/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">kooo architects</a>. The Hangzhou area is known for their Long Jing tea covering the surrounding steep hills and terrace farms, which inspired the landscape-like interior.
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The Spanish architecture firm referenced the still life paintings of Giorgio Morandi where strong colors pop against a silver gray background. The industrial concrete surroundings set the stage for the colorful furnishings and food for a futuristic and enjoyable experience. Photos by Juan Delgado.
<a href="https://design-milk.com/casaplata-restaurant-bar-in-seville-by-lucas-y-hernandez-gil/casaplata-lucas-y-hernandez-gil-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Casaplata-Lucas-y-Hernandez-Gil-1-810x540.jpg" alt="CASAPLATA Restaurant/Bar in Seville by Lucas y Hernández-Gil" /></a> Looking to the future, <a href="http://www.lucasyhernandezgil.com/#/home" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Lucas y Hernández-Gil</a> designed a restaurant and cocktail bar in the city center of Seville, Spain, combining bold, colorful furniture with a concrete-like backdrop. <a href="http://www.lucasyhernandezgil.com/#/projects/89" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">CASAPLATA</a> avoids nostalgia to set itself apart from the surrounding eating establishments making its mark in the historic area.
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Their thought, “How about we dip a zebra into a deep pink sea?”, seems completely appropriate once you take a look around. The idea began with a nod to the surreal sets of Wes Anderson, whose films the clients love. The stripes go every which way, along with pink slats on the ceiling that let lines of natural light shine through for added dramatic effect. The Pink Zebra sits atop one of the city’s oldest buildings, merging a bit of the old and the new with a playful twist. Photos
<a href="https://design-milk.com/the-pink-zebra-an-eye-popping-restaurant-bar-inspired-by-the-work-of-wes-anderson/the-pink-zebra-renesa-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/THE-PINK-ZEBRA-RENESA-1-810x540.jpg" alt="The Pink Zebra: An Eye-Popping Restaurant/Bar Inspired by the Work of Wes Anderson" /></a> If Design Milk could relocate and setup shop in a restaurant/bar, I’m pretty sure it would be this one located in Kanpur, India. Decked out in black and white stripes and bubble gum pink, <a href="https://studiorenesa.com/projects/?prjId=26" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">The Pink Zebra</a>, aka Feast India Co., is bound to catch everyone’s eye from a distance, thanks to <a href="https://studiorenesa.com/" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Renesa Architecture Design Interiors Studio</a>.
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The corner was demolished to make the restaurant appear more inviting with a plaza-like space. Vertical wooden slats entice visitors through a black doorway. Once inside, a open stairway surrounded by more wooden slats that allow light to pass through for added visual effect. The lit up stairs lead visitors up to the restaurant, giving a preview of what’s to come. Inside, a monochromatic color scheme was chosen to includes varying greys and wood with black accents. Trees and greenery
<a href="https://design-milk.com/piedra-sal-a-modern-restaurant-in-mexico-city/piedra-sal_restaurant-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/01/Piedra-Sal_restaurant-1-810x435.jpg" alt="Piedra Sal: A Modern Restaurant in Mexico City" /></a> Working with a difficult corner lot and an upper floor location, <a href="https://www.vgzarquitectura.com/" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">vgz arquitectura y diseño</a> were tasked with many challenges when it came time to design the <a href="https://www.vgzarquitectura.com/copy-of-5-v9" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Piedra Sal</a> restaurant in Mexico City. They had a tight budget and time line to complete the project but still managed to custom design everything, like the liana ceiling with a “Partridge Eye” ceiling pattern and the concrete floor in shades of grey,
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Laundré houses a full-scale coffee bar, communal seating, and sustainable laundry equipment from Electrolux that lets you wash + dry you clothes in just 45 minutes total. Plus, the soap is free with every wash and their app keeps you posted as
<a href="http://design-milk.com/laundre-knock-out-your-laundry-while-you-sip-coffee/laundre-laundromat-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Laundre-laundromat-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Laundré: Knock Out Your Laundry While You Sip Coffee" /></a> Ariana Roviello is the one behind <a href="http://laundre.co/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Laundré</a>, a one-stop shop where you can sit back with a cup of coffee while you do your laundry. That means you don’t have to be stuck in one of those regular laundromats that generally has about three uncomfortable seats in it and zero places to relax. Roviello’s design-focused concept is located in San Francisco and their goal was to create an open and inviting space where one could catch up on some work or grab a coffee with a friend, all while washing your clothes. So, instead of it feeling like a chore, it becomes much more of an event.
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