Menara 1, KL Eco City,
WP Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Interior Design Project Info
The second outpost of CHICHA San Chen (吃茶三千), located on the 6th floor of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, pays homage to where it all started. Originated from Taiwan, the tea shop was founded in 1998 with a mission to make high-quality freshly brewed tea accessible to discerning tea drinkers. Handcrafted by tea masters with over two decades of experience, every sip is built on a sense of mindfulness and renders a refreshing sensation reminiscing to its origins in Lishan Mountain, Taichung.
Having the same scenery in mind, the designers at Matthew Lim Associates con-jures a space that resonates zen-like properties one would feel in a tea shop that’s perched on a mountaintop. Simplistic lines are used to outline the undu-lating landscape of the mountainous plantation. Tea leaves — made using rustic metal — seen fluttering across the walls, akin to the feeling of gentle breeze whistling into the space. Adopting an open concept, the space is lofty and airy thanks to its linearity from front to end. The bar counter draws a line across the feature wall, allowing the staffs to oversee the entire shop conveniently in one glance. The flow is also made seamless thanks to its linear and simple layout plan.
Taking advantage of its strategic location within the mall, the design team also ensures the perfect vantage point by juxtaposing the entrance at the inner cor-ner of the store. From this corner, the entrance benefits from continuous traffic from all four ends — creating an effective flow and visibility for the newly opened tea shop.
At the entrance, a creative feature made using tea leaves and preserved moss depicts the tea terrains with simplicity and purity at its core. The feature is ac-centuated with a neon-lit bubble tea cup for a contemporary touch. The semi-curved opening enables visitors to peer into the cafe in entirety, adoring the therapeutic neutral shades of tea leaves within the interiors. Ultimately, the de-signers aim to create an holistic experience that complements the excellent quality of the tea beverages served at CHICHA San Chen — elevating the senso-rial experience through space and tea appreciation.