Michael Tower Architects has transformed an industrial loft in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, into a serene and earthy Japanese-inspired cafe and studio for tea importers Kettl.
The multi-use space houses a public cafe as well as backroom operations for the company, a ceramics studio and doubles as a gallery for ceramics.
Tower drew on ceremonial tea structures for his minimalist design, reimagining them through a contemporary material palette including maple, glass and 14-ft-long concrete bar at the rear of the cafe that was cast in situ, and has a cut-out to hold a kettle – the focus of a tea ceremony.
Floating wooden shelves and cupboards skirt the perimeter of the space, serving as displays for ceramics. Kettl’s deliberately understated design seeks to pare-back visual clutter while anchoring the space in earthy materials.