Aesop Karlspassage store interior

A palette of muted greys and off-white hues

Our second German store, designed by einszu33 in collaboration with our in-house Design Department, is situated in Stuttgart’s Breuninger department store.

The design directive ‘black but not dark’—inspired by the works of French painter Pierre Soulages—prompted a palette of muted greys balanced with off-white hues. Accents of brass, leather, timber and felt temper the restrained aesthetic with warmth and textural variation.

A central counter of Nero Assoluto stone slabs and black granite anchors the space; it hosts an elongated demonstration sink fitted with simple brass plumbing. Wrapping the walls, a ribbon of milled black MDF panelling articulated with linear incisions references Soulages’ work as an engraver and sculptor, and stirs memory of his oeuvre-defining Outrenoir series.

‘I want to cultivate the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.’

Käthe Kollwitz