Aesop Store, Burnside Village SA

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Aesop Store, Burnside Village SA


After winning the competition to design Aesop’s flagship Collins Street store in Melbourne, Kerstin Thompson Architects went on to design stores in Chadstone, Victoria and Carindale in Queensland – so they came to the design of Aesop Burnside Village having a well-developed relationship with, and understanding of, the iconic Australian brand.

When first spying the new store with its massive perforated timber screens, it’s impossible to miss the signature material. “The choice of timber as the dominant element fits with the Artisan vision developed for this store,” Kerstin explains, “one that in subtle ways represents the craft and care that goes into the making of Aesop products and the spaces they’re housed within.”

The interior of the store makes use of Big River’s ArmourPanel Blackbutt, playing into key aspects of the design scheme. “We selected it because of its materiality and versatility. We sought a warm timber to background the distinctive amber packaging of the product and also feature in a multitude of uses: perforated screening, shelving, countertops, wall lining and flooring.”

“Our design features sustainably sourced timber to create an immersive space that is intimate and visually calm – simple forms enriched through the expression of the grain of blackbutt ply.”