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Beauty and the East

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Made famous for its superior quality botanical products and irresistible scents, beauty brand Aesop has also become synonymous with avant-garde retail design.

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For its first Japanese outpost, the Australian company tapped architect Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architecture Office. While scouting a potential location for the shop, Nagasaka found a demolished house (formerly a produce store), and decided to reuse wooden beams, architectural fixtures and furniture that had been left behind.

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Rusted pipes were beautifully laid with resin to create a table which serves as the store centerpiece, while an old medicine box was repurposed into a tester box.

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In addition to its eco-friendly construction, the design of the Aesop store is a tribute to the Japanese principle of blending modern and traditional aesthetics.

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Aesop

4-8-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku  /  81 (0)3 3470 8311

 

-Christina Mannatt

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