Founded by Kuan Chun Cheng, Homework is an interior design studio that specializes in making use of old and found elements. The team of four also run a vintage shop out of their quarters at No. 6, Alley 1, Lane 172, on Sanyuan Street, in Taipei City, Taiwan.

“Modern society has produced so many quick products. In exchange for low cost, the beauty and texture are discarded,” writes Kuan. “This new consumption norm has inadvertently caused more waste. In fact, if you can choose, why not go back in time with us, cherish every age full of sentimental objects?” Join us for a tour of the Xiao Yin Tea House, created by Homework from what had been a noodle joint—and currently open for business.

Photography courtesy of Homework (@homework172).

The tea house is on the ground floor of an apartment building. The façade was given &#8
Above: The tea house is on the ground floor of an apartment building. The façade was given “a special stucco mixture we invented to make it look old,” explains Mindy, one of the Homework team. “We use this mixture in many of our projects.” The eaves are patinated brass.
A simple globe light on a wood ceiling in the arched entry—the name Xiao Yin means &#8
Above: A simple globe light on a wood ceiling in the arched entry—the name Xiao Yin means “small and hidden.”
The hinoki-framed windows—with original opaque glass—came out of a Taiwan tear-down and were bought from a Taipei demolish business.
Above: The hinoki-framed windows—with original opaque glass—came out of a Taiwan tear-down and were bought from a Taipei demolish business.

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