Just about 1 year ago Shun Kawakami’s branding agency artlessInc. opened a tea & coffee stand in Harajuku. But they recently relocated to a larger, cooler space under the Nakameguro train tracks. And by doing so, have completed their trifecta – an integrated coffee shop, branding office and gallery – all in one space.
True to its name, the new artless appointment gallery is by appointment only, but will feature revolving exhibitions curated by the studio’s director Shun Kawakami. The inaugural show is an exhibition of photographs by Motohiko Hasui titled “Yume wo miru.”
The coffee stand is open to the public and serves hand-dripped coffee from beans that have been carefully selected and expertly roasted. But what makes them stand out from other coffee stands is that their barista will also make you a cup of outstanding green tea from a special cast iron teapot. All their tea leaves are procured from a Kyoto-based tea leaf farmer.