Urban fog

It is a well-known fact that the Design Week team devours more than a few cups of tea throughout the working day. Someone says ‘tea’, and several ears prick up. Followed by a chorus of desperate and gasping ‘yes pleases’.

So when news of Urban Fog, a temporary art installation and – the magic word – teahouse, filters into our inboxes, we want to find out more. After all, it would be rude to ignore our favourite stimulant.

getting ready for the fog
setting up the space

The site-specific installation is a collaborative effort led by Zoe Chan of art and architecture practice Atelier Chanchan, and designers Sarah Khan, Mickey Kloihofer and Mariana Pestana, and is located in a derelict urban void in East London’s Dalston.

a pre-fog void in Dalston
a pre-fog void in Dalston

The long and enclosed site has been recreated into a series of pockets. The space aims to create the effect of entering a lost cloud, where figures appear and disappear becoming distorted through light and shadow.

getting ready for the fog
getting ready for the fog

Urban Fog has teamed up with local café Tina We Salute You, to create a temporary two-week teahouse providing tea and cake in the space, with all proceeds going to  Japan Disaster relief.

A preview evening will take place on 1 May from 4pm onwards, with a selection of artistic performances throughout the event. Tea, art, and a Zen foggy space – sounds like a perfect bank holiday weekend.

Urban Fog, Temporary Art installation and Tea House at 1A Jude Street, London N16 from 5-21 May (open Thursday to Sundays 11-6pm) For more information see


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  • cecilia November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    wow this looks so cool!

  • stewy November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Thanks to Mickey for letting me stencil the entire front in animals – love the speech bubbles, stroke of genius.

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