Aesop Le Marais opened in September 2011, in rue Vieille du Temple.
This historical precinct has successively been home to religious orders, nobility and artisans, and was thankfully preserved from Haussmann's overhaul of Paris. Today, it displays beautiful buildings in narrow streets, and hosts many excellent cafés and museums. We would not have dreamt of better neighbours.
Aesop Le Marais is a light, minimalist room of polished concrete, with windows on the back wall allowing light to fill the room, and offering a glimpse of lush greenery in the courtyard. The key element of the design is the integration of 427 small polished steel dishes into the walls, an acknowledgement of the industrial history of this part of Paris. The dishes are, in fact, the curved 'lids' which close the pipes used as plumbing throughout the city. Utilising this material - which is cold to touch yet catches warm light, aesthetically pleasing yet functional - lends the space lyricism and invites our customers to explore and interact with our products.