Two companies on a massive rise. One is the creator of innovative buildings and bespoke interiors, the other is an appreciator of beauty and fine design. We’re talking about Scandinavian architecture firm, Snøhetta, and skin-care company, Aesop, of course.
The two establishments recently intertwined their talents for the design of Aesop’s new Berlin store. The 1,000 square foot shop is located on Fasanenstraße in the city’s West end and takes inspiration from the historical context of the neighborhood.
Taking cues from several performing arts institutions nearby, including Theater des Westens and Berliner Schaubühne, the interior subtly alludes to the trappings of theatrical drama. This influence is first evident in nine intermittently placed Oak pillars that ascend from openings in the floor, appearing like steadfast dramatic personae awaiting a protagonist’s entrance to the stage.
By day, they are open to scrutiny, illuminated from above and below to function as product display cabinets for Aesop’s product ranges; by night, they are closed, supporting columns – an integral architectural element. In this duality, they apply a fresh approach to the traditional techniques of carpentry and joinery.