A velvet-clad commuter blends in with the seat’s upholstery; the carriage envelops them, hurtling at great speed.

First opened in 1885, Omiya Station marks the northern gateway to and from Tokyo’s metropolitan area. The main line then bifurcates, connecting the silk-spinning town to trade routes and revealing new perspectives through the train window. A velvet-clad commuter blends in with the seat’s upholstery; the carriage envelops them, hurtling at great speed.

At Aesop Lumine Omiya, our in-house design department lined surfaces with fabric panels and a soft coir floor—the latter absorbing the sounds of the retail centre’s passing footsteps. Steel fixtures and angled kick-plates recall the geometries of locomotive travel and allow the visitor to stand just that much closer to the basin.