Minimalist teahouse in Helsinki

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TeeMaa, a tea cafe and shop with a discreet interior designed by design studio Yatofu Creatives, has opened in Helsinki. The authors chose a warm nude palette, which was realized with the help of materials with “honest” textures: brick, oak, concrete and patinated steel.

Aleksi Tikkala

Aleksi Tikkala

TeeMaa has a symmetrical layout: the entrance is located in the center, the halls with panoramic windows-showcases are located to the left and right. The right hall, almost square in plan, is used as a showroom: the designers diversified its ordinary geometry by rounding one of the corners. Monumental solid wood columns set the pace, while built-in shelving in greenish patinated metal stands out graphically against the cream walls. The simplicity of forms emphasizes the beauty of materials and their lively texture: dark steel shimmers softly, veins and knots on the logs form a bizarre pattern, the smooth tabletop in the center of the room contrasts with the rough tiled base. Light wood, strict orderliness, and a rice paper lamp evoke minimalist Japanese interiors. />

Aleksi Tikkala

Aleksi Tikkala

Aleksi Tikkala

From the showroom, visitors enter the bar area, which looks like someone’s ascetic kitchen: teapots and cups are decorously arranged on narrow wall shelves, built-in cabinets with a sink are located under them, next to it is a small rounded island. Its tiled finish echoes the design of the walls – on one of them, the designers left bare brickwork, the other was lined with two types of terracotta tiles. A vintage wooden table and benches are installed here, and a white linen curtain separates the area from the adjacent room with small tables. The authors furnished the main hall of the tea room with typical Finnish practicality: wooden benches were supplemented with leather seats and back panels, compact tables were surrounded by plywood stools and chairs from the Danish brand Takt.

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Aleksi Tikkala

Aleksi Tikkala

Aleksi Tikkala

Aleksi Tikkala

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