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PARKHOTEL MONDSCHEIN

A Rich Cultural History Combined with a Refined Design Aesthetic at this Modern Luxe Hotel

FUFU KYOTO

An Intimate Luxury Hotel that Entwines Traditional Japanese Dining, Architecture and Hospitality with Modern Elegance

JACQUEMUS PARIS

A Pure Interior Led By Playfulness and Surprise

The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre

The Charred-Brick 'Black Box' Presenting The Beauty Of Theatre & Performance

GAIA

British Artist Luke Jerram’s Explores The Vastness of Our Earth

Honouring ISSEY MIYAKE

The Legacy Remains: Merging Art & Fashion, East & West, Tradition & Technical Innovation

UNITED PLACES BOTANIC GARDENS

Local and Luxurious, A Melbourne Boutique Hotel That Gets It Right

Naoshima Ryokan ROKA

Designed by Okayama-based studio Nottuo, a New Modern Stay on Japan’s ‘Art Island’

Restaurang ÄNG

NORM Architects Creates A Light-Filled Glasshouse For The Michelin-Starred Restaurant

JAPANESE CRAFTSMANSHIP: BAMBOO WEAVING

In The Quiet Backstreets Of Kyoto's South Higashiya, Find A Master Craftsman

HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE SS23

As Ever, The Joy Of Movement & Ease of Pleats Prevails

Serpentine Pavilion 2022

Artist Theaster Gates Designs the 21st Pavilion

BRUT-AL

Argentinian-Australian Designer Alexander Lotersztain's Ode to Brutalism

Serpentine Pavilions 2000-2021

A Champ Online Retrospective Of Two Decades of The Radical Architectural Event

PURE FORM

The Art Gallery of South Australia Presents Japan's Avant-Garde Ceramics

KABIRA & KANGRI

The Beauty Of Indian Textile Craftsmanship In ISSEY MIYAKE Sub-Brand HaaT's SS22 Collection

AESOP Nakanoshima Festival Plaza

An Interior Of Centuries-Old Local Stone Designed By Case-Real

September, 2018
AESOP Nakanoshima Festival Plaza | Image Courtesy © AESOP

Osaka’s new AESOP outpost finds a minimalist and poignant space inside the city’s Festival Plaza complex.

Designed by Tokyo & Fukuoka-based design firm CASE-REAL in partnership with the Australian skincare brand, the design integrates local materials and craftsmen for it’s execution whilst paying homage to the locale’s historical context. Nearby the site lies the esteemed Festival Hall, where revered artists and musicians congregate at the Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The dominant material found in the store is the speckled tatsuyamaishi stone, where it’s pale blue tone provides a complimentary contrast to the gold-plated stainless steel fittings. The tatsuyamaishi stone has been locally-quarried for more than 1700 years, formerly used centuries-ago for coffins of significant leaders, and more recently used to the architectural design of pre-war buildings found in the neighbouring area.

Here the store exudes a sense of calm amongst the flurry of Festival Hall. With a sloping ceiling and sharp counter angles, CASE-REAL have balanced soft and solid features with a link to Osaka’s past.

AESOP Nakanoshima Festival Plaza | Image Courtesy © Case-Real

AESOP NAKANOSHIMA Festival Plaza
Festival Plaza 1F 3-2-4 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku
Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu 530-0005

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September, 2018