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Snøhetta’s Aesop store features a dusky rose plaster interior

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The Australian brand’s new Chelsea branch was designed by Snøhetta and delivered by Denton Corker Marshall

This 108m² space, Aesop’s new flagship store in London, incorporates natural Clayworks plaster and a cementitious floor contrasting with stainless steel fittings, notably a large circular sink which wraps around an existing column, helping to generate the store’s layout. 

From this central column, 12 arches stretch out towards the perimeter walls. The arches are clad in a clay-based plaster with a subtly gradated colour, which is emphasised and made richer by lighting.

The circular polished stainless steel sink – sinks being an integral part of all Aesop’s stores – acts like a mirrored pool around the column, reflecting the light and colours of the ceiling.

The project was undertaken as a collaboration between Snøhetta and Aesop’s in-house architect Jean-Philippe Bonnefoi, working with Denton Corker Marshall, who acted as executive architect.

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Aesop london main 01 copy

Source: Paola Pansini

Architects’ views

It was our first time working with Aesop and we enjoyed their calm, considered and unwavering commitment to excellent design. Denton Corker Marshall acted as architect for the ‘white box’ and the executive work on the detailed design, taking the project through to completion.

The design incorporates natural raspberry-coloured Clayworks plaster, graduated through three different textures creating a progression of colour and texture. The natural clay and the cementitious floor bring warmth to the space, which contrast against the crisp materials including the mirrored panels and feature sink. With attention to detail on site provided by both contractor Spacecraft Workshop and Denton Corker Marshall, we ensured the alignment of the arches over the ceiling and the final product demonstrates the skill and precision involved in the entire design and construction process. 

It was a pleasure to work on this collaboration. The store offered us a welcome departure from our normal larger scale work and a return to a hands-on, crafted approach. We really enjoyed working alongside Snøhetta and Aesop to produce such a beautiful project.

Angela Dapper, partner, Denton Corker Marshall

The atmosphere is pure and honest, embodying the connection between our Earth and its resources, which if used correctly can create meaningful and timeless places, no matter the scale. Together with Denton Corker Marshall we found robust solutions to create a space and environment which is both functional and striking. 

Peter Girgis, senior interior architect, Snøhetta

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6516 a g200 p 00 copy

Source: Denton Corker Marshall

Plan

Project data 

Start on site August 2017
Completion November 2017
Gross internal floor area approx. 108m²
Form of contract Traditional (MWD 2016)
Construction cost Undisclosed
Designer Snøhetta in collaboration with Aesop
Executive and local architect Denton Corker Marshall
Client Aesop
Lighting designer Concept Design (Norway)
Principal designer (CDM) Denton Corker Marshall
Contract administrator Denton Corker Marshall
Approved building inspector MLM Building Control
Main contractor Spacecraft Workshop
Specialist fixtures Solosumisura (Italy) 

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