Down the Stairs: A Staff Canteen and Cafe in Tokyo
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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 preserve s 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 .