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Jonathan Clark Architects

Jonathan Clark Architects

Jonathan Clark Architects
Jonathan Clark Architects
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Tea Smith

This 125 sq.m project was the strip out and subsequent fit-out of a Victorian Grade 2 listed shop unit within Spitalfields Market.

The accommodation is arranged over the ground and basement floors.

The ground floor is for the retailing/merchandise storage of upmarket Asian teas. There is a tasting counter with bar stools at one end for customers to try the various teas before purchasing or just to drink tea.

The general concept is one of reinterpretation/modernising of traditional oriental images and experiences without immediate reference. It is about demystifying and re-connecting with the lost tradition of tea drinking by suggesting origins without actually physically needing to be in China or Japan i.e. you can be in London or any other city or town. The aim is to surprise or challenge people with the design without scaring them with culturally specific references.

The long joinery wall serves both to display the product within mirrored spot-lit open boxes and also for product storage behind backlit spun vinyl screens which were made from material normally used for place mats. All the joinery is purpose made from specifically distressed stained pitch pine. The basement is more specialised with linen curtains wrapping around the perimeter and teapot displays within suspended spot-lit perspex boxes hanging from the ceiling.

We were also responsible for the design and implementation of the signage and graphics throughout.

  • Tea Smith - 1:  Commercial Spaces by Jonathan Clark Architects

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    Built in display in shop design

  • Tea Smith - 2:  Commercial Spaces by Jonathan Clark Architects

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    Detail of window display

  • Tea Smith - 3:  Commercial Spaces by Jonathan Clark Architects

    Tea Smith—3

    Detail of display cabinet / glazing and lighting

  • Tea Smith - 4:  Commercial Spaces by Jonathan Clark Architects

    Tea Smith—4

    Display cabinets

  • Tea Smith - 5:   by Jonathan Clark Architects

    Tea Smith—5

    3D drawing of shop

  • Tea Smith - 6:  Commercial Spaces by Jonathan Clark Architects

    Tea Smith—6

    Display cabinets and stairs at lower ground floor

  • Tea Smith - 7:  Commercial Spaces by Jonathan Clark Architects

    Tea Smith—7

    Details of built in display joinery

  • Tea Smith - 8:   by Jonathan Clark Architects

    Tea Smith—8

    3D drawing of shop tea tasting facilities

  • Tea Smith - 8:  Commercial Spaces by Jonathan Clark Architects

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    Counter area for Tea tasting

  • Tea Smith - 9:  Artwork by Jonathan Clark Architects

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    Display for traditional teapots

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