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Building Ambiance: Tesselle Orb Breeze Blocks in The Frosty Fox

Karin Jeske

In the heart of Orlando, where the vibrant pulse of the city meets the serene charm of traditional Chinese teahouses, The Frosty Fox stands as a testament to meticulous design and cultural fusion.

Tesselle Orb Wall at The Frosty Fox

Nestled within its walls, patrons are welcomed into a space where every element tells a story of thoughtful curation and deliberate aesthetic choices, none more striking than the Tesselle Orb Grey Breeze Blocks gracing its feature wall.

Orb Grey Breeze Block Wall by Tesselle

GDP Design Build, the creative minds behind The Frosty Fox's flagship store, embarked on a journey to capture the essence of the brand's origins while embracing the local landscape of Orlando. Their vision unfolded seamlessly, weaving together a narrative that celebrates both heritage and contemporary flair.

Peek-a-boo-view through an Orb Grey Breeze Block
Above: a creative peek-a-boo shot by Chad Baumer.

"We wanted to create a space that resonates with authenticity," explains the design team at GDP. "The Tesselle Orb Breeze Blocks provided us with the perfect canvas to evoke the spirit of a traditional Chinese teahouse, while still maintaining a contemporary edge."

Orb Grey Breeze Block Wall

The design process was a meticulous exploration of materials and their inherent qualities. Concrete, celebrated for its understated elegance and robust presence, took center stage, adorning floors, walls, and counters in various permutations. Subtle shifts in texture and materiality were amplified by the abundance of natural light, creating a space that feels simultaneously grand and intimate.

In keeping with the ethos of "a few good materials," every element was chosen with purpose. Custom tables and shelving in warm wood tones offered a counterbalance to the industrial palette, while suspended steel fixtures added a touch of architectural drama. Pared-down light fixtures, reminiscent of Chinese rice paper lanterns, cast a soft glow, inviting patrons to linger and savor the ambiance.

But beyond the design flourishes lies the true heart of The Frosty Fox: its menu. A carefully curated selection of crafted tea beverages and desserts awaits, each offering a sensory journey that complements the space's serene atmosphere. From the robust Sun Moon Lake Black Tea to the delicate Jasmine Green Tea, there's a flavor to suit every palate.

As patrons settle into the upholstered seating banquette, surrounded by shelves adorned with sculptural earthenware, they're invited to pause and savor the moment. The Frosty Fox isn't just a cafe—it's a sanctuary for the soul, where beauty and joy intertwine amidst a backdrop of exquisite design.

Photo Credit: Chad Baumer Photography  Chad Baumer Photography, spearheaded by the dynamic duo of husband and wife, Chad and Amanda Baumer, is a shining example of dedication, innovation, and artistry. Situated in the vibrant city of Orlando, Florida, this boutique studio specializes in architectural photography, offering a diverse array of services ranging from professional headshots to corporate events coverage, documentation, and advertising imagery. Chad, a certified drone pilot with full insurance coverage, also brings a captivating aerial dimension to their repertoire of services, enriching their portfolio with breathtaking perspectives. Originating from Cincinnati, Ohio, where their paths converged and they both earned Bachelor of Fine Art degrees from the esteemed University of Cincinnati, Chad and Amanda laid the foundation of their journey before relocating to Florida to embark on a shared life and professional venture. Their mutual passion for photography and artistic expression led them to establish Chad Baumer Photography in 2016, leveraging Chad's extensive decade-long experience in the field alongside Amanda's expertise in digital design and marketing. Together, they seamlessly merge their creative visions and technical prowess, infusing every project they undertake with meticulous attention and heartfelt dedication. For Chad and Amanda, transforming their aspirations into tangible works of art isn't merely a career—it's an enduring pursuit of creative fulfillment and shared adventures.

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