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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 SHINSAIBASHI

Simplicity Creates An Interior Of Material Contrasts Inspired By The Site's Heritage

December, 2014
Aesop Shinsaibashi, Osaka, Japan ©︎ AESOP

As Aesop’s first signature store in Osaka, AESOP SHINSAIBASHI is a delightful ode to the minimalistic sophistication of Aesop with an interior that references the site’s heritage. Designed by Tokyo-based design firm SIMPLICITY led by Shinichiro Ogata, the interior features grey, concrete flooring extending to a large concrete counter as retail desk by the rear of the store with weathered timber shelving reaching high ceiling heights. Situated in Osaka’s vibrant Shinsaibashi district, the store’s design embodies a refined industrial aesthetic that pays homage to a time when the neighbourhood streets were lined with storehouses surrounding an important timber yard. Details of blackened steel are also found amongst shelving that reference the industrial heritage, specifically “chosen for its local historical significance, this material references the iron bridge that once tethered the north and south districts of Chūō-ku ward.”

AESOP SHINSAIBASHI
1-6-34 NishiShinsaibashi, Chuo-ku
Osaka, 542-0086

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Text: Joanna Kawecki
Images: AESOP

December, 2014