Aesop Nyhavn store interior

Aesop’s second Copenhagen signature store is located in the spirited quarter of Nyhavn, once home to Hans Christian Andersen and Karen Blixen. The historic local harbour is instantly recognisable by dint of its veteran timber ships and colourful townhouses.

Fortifying a steadfast partnership, the 40-square metre space in a converted 17th-century building was designed in collaboration with German practice einszu33, and unites with the distinctive structures and fibres of its locale. Nearby is the landmark Rundeårn, also constructed in the 17th century and mentioned in some of Anderson’s fairytales. It still functions as an astronomical observatory, and still features the spiral staircase built to accommodate the king’s horse-drawn carriage.

Upon entry to the store, the staggered bond of handmade, fire-burned yellow bricks maintains consistency underfoot, echoing the surrounding cobbled streets. A warm monochromatic palette is enhanced by textural contrasts enveloping the interior – the roughness of brick, shine of silver-plated brass and softness of a wool-wrapped wall. Outsized, amber-hued vases hand-blown by German designer Fabio Vogel assimilate into the interior’s warmth. Reflecting the harbour’s constant motion, two organic-shaped sinks sit in opposition to the angled form of the space.

Clients can explore and select from a complete range of skin, hair and body care products, distinguished by botanical and laboratory-generated ingredients of the highest quality. The store’s trained consultants are able to offer advice about products best suited to individual needs.

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