“Grow a small forest in the patio, walk along the psychedelic sky, sit down along meandering river and sip a cup of tea gently.” This is the first idea we came up with when designing the shop. The concept of “micro nature” can be divided into three parts: “forest”, “sky”, “river”, which correspond to “small forest”, “the psychedelic” and “flowing”.
▼店铺概览，overview of the tea shop
When I first visited the site with the owner, we recognized this wide tree that about a quarter of the width of the store front, and it sits between the sidewalk and store. The width is so narrow that it is stretched to pass two people simultaneously. To deal with this tree of surprise and joy, we take it to be a part of our design. We extend the patio and plant a small forest to be friends with the big fellow at front. we introduced pedestrians by designing the free flowing space, and followed with a “psychedelic sky”ceiling that was inspired by the name of the store “mistea”. The concept was exposed to us because of the characteristic of this store and the site restrictions.
▼门前梧桐树约占店铺面宽1/4，并且店和树之间的人行道宽度非常狭窄，a wide tree that about a quarter of the width of the store front, and it sits between the sidewalk and store
The story of this store design is followed separately in the trilogy of “Micro Nature”.
It is because of this big tree that blocks the front, so that the idea of ”small forest” can naturally came to us. Extend the patio as a continuation of the sidewalk makes the patio a medium for connecting the urban life and the store. As a shared space, it inspires different possibilities to emerge. In addition, in order to further connect the street, a “small forest” was planted in the patio, having a conversation with the London plane, and invite the urban space into the store.The “Little Forest” is made of seven transparent acrylic columns filled with fragments of green glass bottles, standing between the floor and the ceiling just like a tree trunk. During the night, the light passes through unevenly stacked pieces of glass, glowing the green light with rich layers. It also becomes the tree itself, creating the refreshing feeling of having a tea during the summer night. The diameter of the acrylic column are two sizes of 100 and 80mm, which are freely placed to match the natural randomness.
▼“小森林”由七根充满绿色玻璃瓶碎片的透明亚克力柱组成，如同树干一般伫立在天地之间，”Little Forest” is made of seven transparent acrylic columns filled with fragments of green glass bottles, standing between the floor and the ceiling just like a tree trunk
On the ground of this “small forest”, there are eight holes filled with green glass bottle fragments. Like a tundra, it is looming on a glass with water vapor, become an interesting landscape of the “little forest”.
▼地面上分布有绿色玻璃瓶碎片填充的地洞，there are holes filled with green glass bottle fragments on the ground
On the side wall of the patio, there are real green plants planted, embellished with the texture of life in the imagination of the “small forest” space.
▼天井靠墙一侧种植有真实的绿植，on the side wall of the patio, there are real green plants planted
Located on both sides of the “small forest”, it is a mirror wall that opens the door to different world. The whole wall of mirror makes the “trees of the forest” suddenly merged in an infinite space extent. It suddenly let people lost in a real forrest, ones that cannot even tell where the boundary is. More uncertainty are revealed to visitors that in the space.
▼整面的镜子让“森林的树木”变成原来的无数倍，显得生机勃勃，the whole wall of mirror makes the “trees of the forest” suddenly merged in an infinite space extent
It opens the next chapter “Psychedelic “.
“Psychedelic” came from the mirror wall of the “small forest” infinite reflection. The starting point of “psychedelic” stems from the prefix “mis-” of the store’s name “mistea”. As the prefix, this “mis-“, it is full of magic. it is difficult to distinguish reality and illusion. This distinctive “mis”, in space we give it a different form of curve flow. It connect the completely separated operation and guest area, and soften the relationship between these two. a colorful film that can embody the “psychedelic feeling” is used as the main part of the ceiling. It creates a “psychedelic sky” of “small forests” by revealing and reflecting different color variation in a wrinkled manner.
▼有趣地体现“迷幻感”的炫彩膜作为吊顶的主要材料，a colorful film that can embody the “psychedelic feeling” is used as the main part of the ceiling
▼以褶皱的方式显现和反射不同的色彩变化，营造“小森林”的“迷幻天空”，it creates a “psychedelic sky” of “small forests” by revealing and reflecting different color variation in a wrinkled manner
In the design of lighting, we try to extend the same feeling of the ceiling. The downlight shines on the colorful film and reflects the strange color vegetating on the white wall. The lights of the small forest hit the fragments of the green glass bottle, giving off a faint green. The interior light mixed with the lights from the street, that are reflected on the colorful film. With the mixture of lights, all reflection brings people to the realm of “psychedelic”.
▼小森林的灯打在绿色玻璃瓶碎片，发出幽幽的绿色，the lights of the small forest hit the fragments of the green glass bottle, giving off a faint green
At the end of the “Psychedelic Sky”, we came to a curved wall, a curved doorway filled with colorful films, calling us, it gently whispered but we barely hear it.
▼充满炫彩膜的弯弯的门洞，a curved doorway filled with colorful films
Standing in front of the “Psychedelic Gate”, we look back and see the “flowing space” that has just passed.
Free flowing space
“Flowing space” is a rope that connects the entire space in series. Just like experience an adventure, even if we walk along the meandering river in the psychedelic forest, we can still get back to us if we hold the string. And because of the big trees in front of the door and the narrow sidewalks, we want to bring people into the space by designing the flowing space. The white-green curve flows on the ground catches visitor’s attention first, like a vortex that can attract people. Indian green marble tiles carves out curved “river bank”, swaying the waves of the river flows slowly toward the store. As for furniture, it is mainly divided into two parts: the bar and the seat that both extend from the interior to the patio. The patio and shop interior are separated by glass, and distinguished as “white, gray, black” three levels of space.
▼地面白绿两色流动的曲线，像是可以把人吸引进来的漩涡，the white-green curve flows on the ground catches visitor’s attention first, like a vortex that can attract people
The bar is divided into a main operation area facing the wall side and a center island. There is a take-out window on the center island. The glass can be removed easily to achieve spatial continuity physically. The interior space that are relatively stable is independent from the patio space that are more dynamic.
▼吧台分为朝向墙一侧的主操作区和中岛吧台，the bar is divided into a main operation area facing the wall side and a center island
On the other side of the guest area, a wooden curved seating continues extend from patio to inside of space, just like a bench on the subway. It constantly changes with the space and program. To keep the free flowing space uninterrupted, soft metal mesh is used at bottom of the seats as a continuous boundary.
▼客座区以一条木质曲线的座椅连续入口到店铺最内侧的曲墙，a wooden curved seating in guest area continues extend from patio to inside of space
▼座椅的底部，以柔软的不锈钢编织网连续起整个座椅界面，soft metal mesh is used at bottom of the seats as a continuous boundary
In the entire free flowing space, the flow is presented in different places with different forms. The middle section is narrowed as the proximity to the bar, and become a bit crowded when there gathered people. On both ends there are two enlarged spaces. The one at the entrance is a patio as a “small forest” , and is divided into interesting game spaces by couple “trees”. The end section is one with different form where people settle and become very relaxing. Two round tables are available for people to sit and drink. The round table and two green downlight that protrude from the ceiling echo each other, forming the center of tea space. The “river” runs through the entire store and moves forward into different sections.
▼圆桌与顶上伸下来的两根绿色的灯柱相互呼应，形成日常茶饮空间的中心性，the round table and two green downlight that protrude from the ceiling echo each other, forming the center of tea space
For the “Psychedelic Sky”, the ceiling is in the form of continuous sloping and flat as a part of the whole free flowing concept.
▼吊顶以连续折面的坡屋面、平屋面的方式使得顶面的“天空”呈现连续流动的形态，the ceiling is in the form of continuous sloping and flat as a part of the whole free flowing concept
We walked out of the “little forrest” and return to urban streets. We looked back from the street and saw the eye-catching storefront. Outside the bright green forest is a door shaped white. Six white perforated aluminum panels overlaid on a white wall covered with mix of green glass, that are faintly glowing a refreshing green from the white. It protects hand from the glass, and at same time, adds a layer of sturdy “outerwear” to soften the sharp interface and make it becomes pleasant.
▼沿着空间流线回归到日常的城市街道的怀抱，return to urban streets following the circulation line
▼渐变的白色穿孔铝板覆盖在扎满绿色玻璃瓶碎片的白色墙体上，隐隐地从白色中透出点点清澈的绿色，white perforated aluminum panels overlaid on a white wall covered with mix of green glass, that are faintly glowing a refreshing green from the white
The mistea’s sign hangs from the top as if it were floating in midair. Shining bright white light in the night sky seems to be tempting to pedestrians pass by. When I saw the signboard of mistea in the mirror, the text is mirrored. And for a moment i can’t tell the reality from the illusion. This reflects the concept of “mis”. In this way, it is a micro-nature in this city, a tea shop full of psychedelic/dreamlike feeling and softness. In a faraway place, you can see this piece full of dream colors, the little forest is waving to you.
▼在镜子中看到mistea的招牌时，反射把反面给正了过来，将“mis”的气质淋漓尽致地体现出来，the signboard of mistea in the mirror is mirrored again, reflecting the concept of “mis”
项目设计 & 完成年份：2018
摄影版权：杨敏 / mintwow
Project name：Mistea tea shop
Design year & Completion Year：2018
Leader designer & Team：mintwow
Project location：No.87 Nanchang Road, Hunagpu District, Shanghai
Gross Built Area：40m²
Photo credits：Yang min / mintwow