Wood accents in tea house design

Nana’s Tea House recently added this Osaka location 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 new tea house design helps do just that. 

The tea house has been a part of Japanese culture for centuries. By reimagining 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 interior brings together form and function without a single sacrifice.

Tea house design with circular tables and swooping ceiling structures

To marry tradition with their contemporary vision, Nana’s turned to designer Masahiro Yoshida, known for his modern salon and tea house creations. For the Osaka space, Yoshida combined echoes of time-honored style with nature-inspired elements, achieving both 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 remind visitors of the decorated hiroma-style tea houses. The interior, however, mimics the airy, minimalistic koma-style tea house.

Carried throughout the design, natural elements evoke the gardens in which formal tea houses are nestled. Stone, wood and artwork depicting the flower arrangements used in the Japanese tea ceremony are elegant reminders of the beauty of nature. The swooping booths are mirrored by cylinders of wood descending from the ceiling and calling to mind the shape of trees in a forest. The cylinders are lit around the base, mimicking the light that filters in from the treetops.

Japanese tea house with private circular tables

Nana’s tea house design is a perfect background against which customers can enjoy a taste of Japanese culture in a chic and vibrant atmosphere.

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