NEW: AESOP MITTE. A BERLIN ODE IN EMERALD AND CONCRETE
Weiss-Heiten, a ‘pan-European’ architectural and design network with offices in London, Paris, Zurich and Berlin, did the interior of the newly opened Berlin Flagship store –the first in Germany- of the Australian skincare company Aesop – on number 48 of Alte Schönhauser Straße, in Berlin Mitte.
“Horrified at the thought of Aesop evolving into a soulless chain”, Aesop founder Dennis Paphitis, who earlier this year also opened a store in London’s Covent Garden, designed by French studio Ciguë, is known for his working with different architects and designers, in order to give each of the stores a unique design. In Berlin, architect Alberto Franco Flores, cladded the interior with handmade concrete tiles all over, in all kind of shades of green, but predominantly emerald- in what was also can also be seen as an ode to Berlin, Germany, and their recent history – combining references to the monochromatic canvases of Gerhard Richter, Bauhaus and the German obsession with the clinical and the grid, with a sense of having wandered into the tiled Berlin Alexanderplatz station or a hidden glade in the forest. The furniture consist of a countertop of oiled German oak and near-invisible steel shelves, plus an aged sink salvaged from a 1950s farm that tethers the heritage-listed building to its previous life as an early twentieth-century dairy store. Beyond the retail area, which occupies approximately half the store’s 80sqm, a concept room provides the opportunity to host events, while an additional space will service Aesop’s German online store. (mb) http://www.weiss-heiten.com/