Aesop Lucua in Osaka, designed by Schemata Architects, is a calm, warm response to the retail centre. From a distance, through the façade’s luminous fibreglass, the space appears as a soft beige mirage. Once inside, the variety of materials and textures comes into focus.
Blond bricks form the central counter, around which birch-lined avenues allow for easy movement and flow. Two large birch and brass basins accommodate comfortable encounters. Brass pipes descend from the ceiling, outlining the flow of water.
‘Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.’