The new Aesop store at Battersea is inspired by the aesthetics of mid-century and soviet-era power station control rooms. The typical Aesop wall displays are recast as computer switchboards, while the centrally positioned sinks and point of sale reference the main control desks.
The perimeter of the space is enclosed by an angular folding wall, constructed in perforated acoustic panelling. This wall gives form to the space while also providing a baffle to the background noise of the adjacent main turbine hall. In the ceiling, a giant orb shaped light fixture is suspended over the central desks, bringing focus and a sense of ceremony.
The material juxtaposition often found in control rooms from this era is further emulated with a mixture of finishes, including grey-brown painted walls, champagne coloured metal and a bespoke hexagonal oak parquet floor. London, UK,
retail Photography by Ståle Eriksen