New Practice Studio covers Manhattan tea shop in pastel hues and soft textures

New Practice Studio covers Manhattan tea shop in pastel hues and soft textures

Spiritea, a premium tea bar serving handcraft fruit tea drinks made with all fresh fruits, pure cane sugar, and natural ingredients, opened its first venue in New York. The project was designed by interdisciplinary firm New Practice Studio.

“Spiritea is conceived as a freshly playful environment with a sense of fusion between the Eastern and Western tea culture. The 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. The 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. The 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,” explains New Practice Studio

  • Location: East Village – New York City, New York
  • Date completed: 2019
  • Size: 1,800 square feet
  • Design: New Practice Studio
  • Photos: Andy Chu & Yueqi Li (exterior)

Custom-made curvilinear banquette

Bar island