Aesop Store: Shop Interior Oslo

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Aesop Store in Oslo by Snøhetta

Prinsensgate Shop Interior: Norway Retail design by Snøhetta architects

page updated 19 Oct 2016 with new photos ; 17 Dec 2014

Aesop Store Oslo

Location: Prinsensgate, Oslo, Norway

Design: Snøhetta, architects

Snøhetta Designs Aesop’s Store no. 100 – Aesop’s First Norwegian Signature Store

Aesop’s very first signature store in Norway is located in Prinsensgate in Oslo. The store, designed in collaboration with Snøhetta, is the 100th Aesop store to be opened worldwide.

Aesop Store in Oslo

Inspired by the sensory experience of the Aesop consultation process, the architectural exploration began by revealing materials and surfaces that have been hidden and covered within the space, some dating back to the 1800s – a process of archaeology. Once revealed in the renovation process, the cosmetic of the new materiality was added to the interior’s existing surfaces, contemporizing the old.

Aesop Store in Oslo

In this intimate 66 square meter space, our goal was to do a lot with little; to play with contrasts in both material and form – with the contemporary and the traditional. The interior has been reshaped most dramatically where there was most freedom to do so – on the ceiling plane. Here, a traditional form reminiscent of Orthodox churches and monasteries has been contemporized in ten imposing, intersecting domes, finished with matte gypsum plaster to accentuate their varying proportions.

Aesop Store in Oslo

This dynamic surface not only creates a sense of depth and wonder, it also allows for playful experimentation with lighting and acoustics.

Aesop Store in Oslo

The movement through the space is directed by the centrally located sink. This is where the customers wash their hands, products can be tested, and demonstrations can be made. Its form replicates those of the ceiling domes almost in reverse. The multiple domes in the ceiling function to de-focus the space, while the single wash basin focuses the activities.

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Original floor tiles are treated with a warm, pale finish to effect a cloudy surface that compliments restored and whitewashed walls. The products themselves are evenly exhibited on simple shelves and discreet horizontal niches. The products play the part of supporting actors where the customer is the lead. Brass taps and fixtures contrast the predominantly monochromatic palette.

Aesop Store in Oslo

Aesop Store in Oslo images / information from Snøhetta


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