half three tea cafe for fabrica explores a british tradition

all photos courtesy of fabrica




fabrica, one of the protagonists of the 2015 100% DESIGN trade show, has revealed a series of commissioned installations which pursue the theme: ‘design in color’. each project seeks to push creative limits through employing novel processes and pushing the boundaries of the materials’ capabilities. notably, the ‘half three’ tea café, design by daniel rous, begins from the british tradition of taking tea in the afternoon. from this motif, the studio has sought to create a sensory experience by emulating the colors of tea via the hand-blown glass vessels. the complex lighting arrangement imbues the space with calming light. continuing the tea motif, the formica group and italian furniture maker piaval with rous, have produced the ‘earl’ chair from beech which grips the user with its elegant wrapping form. all tea was supplied by the renowned twinings tea company of london.



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video courtesy of fabrica

‘earl is made entirely from beech with a color finish that complements the tonal range of tea visible through the café

a detail view of the precession finished joints

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daniel rous at home in his workshop

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the chairs achieve an elegant wrapping form

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the space is meant to promote interaction and relaxation just like afternoon tea

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a view of the entire installation, notice the variable orientation of the hand-blown lights



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edited by: trevor reed | designboom