Ogawa Coffee, a Kyoto, Japan-based chain, opened its first U.S. location in Boston.
The shop showcases a customized layout and design created by Boston-based architect and designer Takako Oji, who also serves as executive director of the coffee company.
In constructing the Ogawa Coffee Boston space, Oji used natural sunlight filters and stenciled walls to create this coffee grove "oasis."
The shop will also serve as a teaching lab with retractable stadium seating in front of the bar, offering customers a bird's-eye view of the baristas at work. When not in use for demonstrations, the seating can be pushed against the wall and the space converted to a stand-up bar counter. Furniture was designed to be modular for configurations to accommodate both individuals and large social groups.