Beauty destination: the new Aesop Wellington store

Today in news of Beautiful New Things, revered skin and bodycare brand Aesop has opened the doors of its inaugural Wellington signature store, which is situated within the historic Change House.
The local is a veritable Wellington landmark that bears the influence of the Art Deco era and the early skyscrapers of the Chicago and New York schools. Designed in collaboration with New Zealand practice Knight Associates, the new 88-square metre space—once occupied by law offices—makes abundant use of natural timber to create a stunning juxtaposition with the structure’s imposing 1930s exterior. 
Upon entry, alabaster-painted walls offer immediate contrast to this façade, investing the space with a sense of depth and softness. The large street-facing windows, set deep into the thick masonry, allow a muted light to filter through, effecting a play between light and dark materiality; in particular, between the existing walls and the timber parquetry of the flooring. 
Oiled timber wraps the point-of-sale counter and shelving, which curves gently along the rear wall. Here, a capacious sink fitted with aged brass tapware offers a place for product demonstrations; the space beyond houses the Aesop New Zealand Head Office and online retail store. 
Like every immaculately presented Aesop store, clients can explore and select from a complete range of skin, hair and body care products, distinguished by botanical and laboratory-generated ingredients of the highest quality. The store’s trained consultants are able to offer advice about products best suited to individual needs, and a trip in store comes highly recommended.
The new Aesop store is at 150 Featherston Street, Wellington.


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