Nana’s Tea Houses recently added this Osaka addition to their chain of Japanese stores. In line with their unique “new Japanese” style, Nana’s mission is to give customers a slice of authentic Japanese culture with a fresh twist.
The tea house has been a part of Japanese culture for centuries. By re-imagining the cuisine and putting unexpected twists on tradition, Nana’s hopes to globalize the appeal of tea houses without losing their ancient roots. Their crisp tea house interior design brings together form and function without a single sacrifice.
Nana’s turned to modern salon and tea house designer Masahiro Yoshida, to marry tradition with their contemporary vision. For the Osaka space, Yoshida combined echoes of time-honored style with nature, brightness and simplicity.
The interior designer used a formal tea house interior as an inspiration for Nana’s layout. From the outside, the layers of wood textures, booths and counters reminds visitors of the decorated hiroma-style tea houses. Inside, however, the airy, minimalistic koma-style tea house is mimicked.
Carried throughout the design are natural elements that evoke the gardens formal tea houses are nestled in. Stone, wood and artwork depicting the flower arrangement used in the Japanese tea ceremony are elegant reminders of nature. The swooping booths are mirrored by cylinders of wood above to create a sense of trees in a forest. The cylinders are lit around the outside, mimicking light filtering in from the treetops.
In Nana’s light-bathed interior customers can enjoy a taste of Japanese culture in a chic, vibrant atmosphere.
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