Exposed whitewashed bricks have been paired with recycled and newly lacquered rimu timber, covering both the floor and two walls. The furnishings comprise of beautifully crafted metal cabinets and shelving, a sales desk, and last but not least, Aesop’s prerequisite shop attribute, a concrete sink embedded in a metal framework.
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Inspired by the site’s history, Snøhetta, the firm behind the recent SFMOMA extension, used a collection of materials, colours and forms to create what they call an “upside-down forest”. A dark sisal carpet references the orchard floor, while thin timber battens hanging from the ceiling suggest a series of tree trunks.
The interior is composed of glossy finishes illustrated with the teal tiling covering the walls, planes and arches of the ceiling. display cabinets framed with rounded windows – each accentuated by a silver rim – wraps around the inner walls of the scheme and offer glimpses of the neatly lined selection of products.