The Tea Lounge has been designed to express the duality between heritage and innovation, permanence and transition. Conceived like a luxurious “chaikhana” for modern nomads, the space is articulated with clusters of loose seating and eclectic furniture to evoke a virtual “caravansarai”, offering guests the choice of individual relaxation and cocooning or group entertainment and socialising. The ‘camp’ is anchored by a central tea studio, where the various rituals of tea-making are enacted live by the skilled service team.
The tea altar is framed by four vertical glass cellars, rising from floor to ceiling, containing over one hundred jars of hand-picked tea leaves. The colours for the fabrics and finishes is a direct composition of these various shades of plants and tea leaves, providing a simple, elegant and rich palette of sage, jade, teal, turquoise, chocolate and greens.
The tea studio is further extended by the provision of theatrical service counters on three sides, each showcasing an extension of the tea offering: fine pastries & chocolate, specialty soft drinks, alcoholic ice tea & tea cocktails.
The supporting graphic elements of The Tea Lounge are two tea leaves shaped like the Azerbaijani buta symbol: part fire and part botanical - the basis for tea-making. The two leaves also evoke the duality and balance of yin and yang life energy associated with china, the birthplace of tea culture, which has been exported to much of the Asian continent and rest of the world. Tea was initially brought over by camel caravans over the silk route to present-day Azerbaijan and has for centuries been part of the social life, enjoyed as a daily ritual in thousands of tea houses (chaikhana) all over the country.