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Rhythmic order and textural contrasts influenced by a Modernist pioneer

Aesop’s Lincoln Park signature store in Chicago was designed in collaboration with architects Norman Kelley. Situated among the parks and homes of the neighborhood, it pays homage to architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who famously made the city his home from 1938.
 
Exploring dichotomies between natural and manufactured materials, the Modernist-inspired interior alternates between organic and rigid forms. A parameter of rich Walnut timber spans the 752-square foot space, while a minimalist framework of steel shelving creates a rhythmic structural order of line and void.
 
Within the concrete aggregate flooring, soft-hued stones lend a sense of envelopment, like a mass of sand that has swallowed beach chairs and valuables whole. The smooth and machined blend with the natural and rough throughout, and there is the ever-present possibility of discovering a deity in the detail.
 
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. 
 
Aesop was founded in Melbourne in 1987 and today offers its superlative formulations in signature stores around the world. As the company evolves, meticulously considered design remains paramount to the creation of each space.
 
To discover more about Aesop’s unique approach to retail architecture, visit taxonomyofdesign.com.

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