Aesop Aoyama shop by Schemata architecture

Schemata architecture office designed Aesop Aoyama shop in Japan

Aesop Aoyama shop by Schemata  architecture
Aesop Aoyama shop by Schemata  architecture
Aesop Aoyama shop by Schemata  architecture
Aesop Aoyama shop by Schemata  architecture
Aesop Aoyama shop by Schemata  architecture
Aesop Aoyama shop by Schemata  architecture
Aesop Aoyama shop by Schemata  architecture
Aesop Aoyama shop by Schemata  architecture

Behind the humble facade sits a small store with a remarkable story.  Architect Jo Nagasaka, when considering how to create a functional yet poetic retail space for Aesop’s range of skin and hair products, came upon an abandoned house, the Murazawa residence in Nakano- ku. Recognising the possibilities for reusing the wooden boards and beams, Nagasaka collaborated with Aesop Director Dennis Paphitis on a design that incorporates old and new materials, and pays homage to Japan’s well-established tradition of fusing modern and traditional. The project was challenging, but the result is a space that is simple, practical and warm.

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