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Aesop’s first presence in Germany, in Mitte, Berlin, pays tribute to the intrinsically industrial quality of its urban and national context: from Berlin’s gritty streetscapes to the legacy of the Bauhaus movement. Before the fall of the wall, Mitte was one of only two boroughs that straddled East and West Berlin; Alte Schönhauser Strasse, where the store resides, was a centre for art, culture and resistance throughout much of the twentieth century. A verdant capsule conceived by multi-disciplinary visual design studio Weiss–Heiten, this essay on the German passion for functional beauty manifests through the inherent rigour of the grid.


Aesop’s first presence in Germany, in Mitte, Berlin, pays tribute to the intrinsically industrial quality of its urban and national context: from Berlin’s gritty streetscapes to the legacy of the Bauhaus movement. Before the fall of the wall, Mitte was one of only two boroughs that straddled East and West Berlin; Alte Schönhauser Strasse, where the store resides, was a centre for art, culture and resistance throughout much of the twentieth century. A verdant capsule conceived by multi-disciplinary visual design studio Weiss–Heiten, this essay on the German passion for functional beauty manifests through the inherent rigour of the grid.

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 Lebanese collective PSLAB are responsible for the overhead lighting. A pair of oversized discs hung at odd angles, which extend as if exploring the corners, echo the clinical aesthetic. An emerald green vintage lamp sits comfortably camouflaged on the counter, while a low-set leather and wood chair celebrates the school’s enduring impact on design. A 1950s sink, salvaged from an old farm, is a gentle reminder of the building’s previous incarnation as a dairy. Beyond the counter lies a concept room for hosting events as well as office space for the German online store.

Form and function are by no means mutually exclusive, and Aesop Mitte’s underlying rationality and chromatic intensity takes this notion to its logical conclusion – an ensemble that honours Berlin’s heritage and the sublime potential of pragmatism.

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