Apr 15, 2015 / Interiors
Aesop Tokyo Midtown by Torafu Architects

Aesop Tokyo Midtown is a minimalist space located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Torafu Architects. The design was inspired by the linearity and meticulous ordering seen in traditional laboratories – a reference to the scientific rigour integral to Aesop’s philosophy and approach to product formulation. A stainless steel counter occupies the centre of the store.

Three custom-blown spherical glass bulbs provide water during client consultations, drawing focus to the sink which is the stage of gracious, intimate approach to product demonstrations. Product is displayed on stainless steel shelving that extends to the ceiling and accentuates the space’s ample height. The brightness of randomly layouted downlights creates a scienrific space. The textural difference between stainless steel and a specially finished mortar floor brings out the combination.