Situated on the ground floor of a functionalist 1940s apartment building in Oslo, the new Aesop boutique designed by Snøhetta drives inspiration from the geometric motif of the timber.
Aesop opened its second Norwegian signature store, in the district of Majorstuen in Oslo, in collaboration with studio Snøhetta. Situated on the ground floor of a functionalist 1940s apartment building, the 63 square meter interior draws inspiration from the original details and materiality. A geometric motif from the existing timber detailing became the starting point for the design direction.
Drawing inspiration from the woodworking technique intarsia, this motif inspired meticulously crafted three-dimensional oak panels which clad the wall and counter, giving volume and a sense of calm. The wooden panels installed above the product shelves feature a custom designed wall lighting fixtures producing a soft glow and enhancing the faceted panels.
The same oak furnishes the ceiling plane, built-in shelving and a perforated dividing wall that reveals glimpses of light from a concealed stairway which has been restored to its original location, leading to the basement level staff and storage area. The use of oak and brass details on the sink creates a warm and calm atmosphere.