Down the Stairs: A Staff Canteen and Cafe in Tokyo by

Issue 66 · Cult of the Kitchen · April 2, 2013

Down the Stairs: A Staff Canteen and Cafe in Tokyo

Issue 66 · Cult of the Kitchen · April 2, 2013

All of us at Remodelista are mildly (make that majorly) obsessed with the Japanese luxe utilitarian clothing and home line Arts & Science, so we took note when we read about the company's "staff canteen," a cafe and kitchen shop located on the lower level of the Tokyo shop.

The company’s owner, Sonya Park, envisioned a space where her staff and customers could mingle over afternoon tea served on salt-fired pottery by UK designer Steve Harrison, lunch plates by Astier de Villatte of Paris, and glassware by the Japanese artist Kazumi Tsuji. For more information, go to Arts & Science.

Above: Everything in its place: the counter where lunch is prepared for staffers and customers,

Above: The simple space features a polished concrete floor, refectory-like furniture.

Above: Delicate glassware by Kazumi Tsuji (her work is available at Mjolk in Toronto).

Above: Tea is served in salt-fired pottery by UK ceramicist Steve Harrison.

Above: A selection of coffees, jams (are those June Taylor preserves we see?), and sundries for the home.

Above: The cafe looks out over a small verdant garden.

See more of Sonya Park's impeccably curated shops at To Wear, to Dwell, to Eat; to see all our favorite shops in Japan, go to our City Guides.



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