TLP - The Lonely Panda.
Our journey began with the concept of hosting tea ceremonies and events in a space that draws inspiration from Chinese tea ceremonies and traditions. Our space is intentionally designed to provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere that resembles a living room, where guests can enjoy quality tea, art, and beautiful objects, while also practicing mindfulness and finding inner peace.
Kakuzō Okakura famously said in his Book of Tea, "Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things." Tea rituals have a unique ability to create a stillness in time and space, much like the feeling of basking in the warm sunshine on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Scientifically, tea is known for its calming and relaxing effects on the body, but there is also an unspoken chemistry that develops between tea drinkers during a session, contributing to the creation of a mental and emotional space for nothingness and tranquility in our daily lives.
The idea for our space, TLP, emerged when my partner and I were discussing the apprehension and anxiety that can arise when moving to a foreign country. As I sipped my tea, feeling the warmth of the cup and the steam, my stomach eased and my mind calmed. I carried that moment with me until we finally decided to open a little space in Bucharest. Our hope is that TLP will be a reliable friend to our guests, bringing the same comfort and love that I always find in a cup of tea.
The Lonely Panda