Aesop Toulouse store interior

‘Art brings out the grand lines of nature.’ Antoine Bourdelle

Our first signature store in Toulouse is situated on the rue Boulbonne, in the heart of the city’s historic centre. The interior takes spatial cues from the adjacent Place Saint Georges and local architectural history to appear almost as an extension of the exterior. It contrasts structural simplicity with varied textures, underpinned by a palette that is at once rough and mineral, luminous and refined.

Working with a local company, our in-house Design Department created a mosaic floor of hand-cut white marble; wide spacing and variations in tone showcase the stones’ irregularity and the craft involved in their making. The same mosaic work covers additional volumes that emerge from the floor. Walls incorporate local clays and silicates in reference to local artisanal tradition.

The striking centrepiece is a resin sink of sculptural form and exaggerated size, crafted by Dutch artist Sabine Marcelis. Its trough-like appearance, honeyed finish and textural irregularities draw immediate attention and tactile exploration.

‘Art brings out the grand lines of nature.’

Antoine Bourdelle