Aesop NW 23rd Avenue store detail with long white basin

Remaining true to the Victorian heritage of its host building

Our inaugural signature store in Portland, Oregon is one of two local collaborations with John Randolph, and sibling to our West End space.

Remaining true to the Victorian heritage of its host building, the design conjures the hybrid spirit of traditional apothecary and general store. Portland’s historic shipping and logging industries are recognised through the textural repetition of Hemp fibre—a material once used to fashion tents that housed Oregonian loggers and fishermen.

A grid of taught ropes forms a delicate ceiling, imbuing the space with a sense of intimacy. A thick layer of recycled and mulched newspaper applied to the ceiling effects quietude, while a ring of kerosene-like LED lighting defines the sales area and confers warmth to the monochromatic interior.

Aesop NW 23rd Avenue store facade
Aesop NW 23rd store shelving