Drinking tea was never a part of a Brazilian culture but, recently, the globalization era and the search for a healthier lifestyle, has brought to the country an increasingly interest in the product. Talcha is a pioneer of what seems to be a new tendency, but it is also a result of years of intense studies from the owner, who travelled all around the world in search for a deep understanding of the habit in other countries.
The main goal for the design team was to create a contemporary way of looking to the traditional tea salons. At the same time, they wanted to use references from asian and brittish culture without looking like an artificial scenarium, to insert those elements without ignoring the context. Since the spot was inside a mall, the space also needed to have cozy mood in a rather aseptic environment, so to speak.
The space created has not more than 45sqm in a corner of the mall. Instead of confining it within glasses spans, the choice was to create a wooden lattice that opens entirely as folding panels. The profusion of light wood and the pendent lights designed by the swiss atelier oi in 2007, bring a certain Asian feeling, while double height shelve is a resonance of traditional British libraries.