Clarity In A Cup
WINE&DINE|September - October 2020
Made for the modern tea enthusiast, these teahouses may come in a variety of guises but all lead back to the quiet gratification that is the crux of tea-drinking.
Faye Bradley

Tingtai Teahouse in Shanghai

The striking, contemporary interiors at Tingtai Teahouse retain a crucial balance between stylish and traditional. A challenging task to say the least. Located in an old factory space in Shanghai’s Moganshan Road, now occupied by local artists, Tingtai Teahouse is a place to spend hours sipping tea and socialising. Designed by architecture and interior design firm Linehouse, the teahouse offers the classic cha dao, a meditative tea ceremony. There is even an art exhibition space, thanks to the owner’s passion in the arts.

What’s truly distinctive about this factory-turned-teahouse is its grand allocation of private rooms. Seclusion is key, as it was in the bygone era, when it comes to appreciating tea.

To recreate a sense of privacy, designers have used elevated box volumes to divide up the space. Each wooden tea room floats above a green terrazzo landscape with sunken seats, making for a clear line of sight throughout the entire area and giving the illusion of floating staircases.

Not to be overshadowed, the range of tea offered is, of course, just as impressive. It’s the finer, rarer teas that can be found here including 11 types of pu’er such as Banzhang and Bingdao and other 15 to 30-year-old teas.

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