Sen-no Rikyu saw tea ceremony as a means of denying contextual norms, stripping down layers of pretext to rediscover beauty in the otherwise ordinary and obvious. In the tea house the simplest, most everyday of objects and actions became something foreign and new, saturated with reverence and resituated with new identity. While today, in both Japan and abroad, the traditional teahouse has become an exotic artifact, its construction and materials costly and rare. How might we reapply the original philosophy of the teahouse to our own contemporary lifestyle? We explored new space for tea in contemporary American contexts, testing ordinary materials such as 2x4 and Tyvek. The exhibition was held in 2015 May and served 200 cups of tea for colleagues and visitors.