Aesop Islington
by Ciguë


French designers Ciguë modelled this north London store for skin and haircare brand Aesop on a 1930s medical laboratory.

Aesop Islington by Ciguë

Bottles and tubes are lined up in neat rows on metal shelves, intended to reference the "modest utilitarian spaces of the early twentieth century," says Aesop.

Aesop Islington by Ciguë

Ciguë used a palette of traditional materials, including reclaimed wood sourced from a 200-year-old French monastery for the floors and cabinets.

Aesop Islington by Ciguë

A single surface of polished white marble provides worktops and washbasins, with glass taps and pipes that show liquid flowing through them.

Aesop Islington by Ciguë

Wooden plant pots infill some of shelves, adding splashes of colour between the dark brown bottles, while more leafy plants grow in a hollow behind the sinks.

Aesop Islington by Ciguë

Aesop regularly commission designers to come up with unique concepts for their stores and Aesop Islington is the fourth one created by Ciguë. Another we've featured by the studio is a Paris shop filled with steel caps from the city's plumbing network.

Other interesting branches include a Singapore shop with coconut-husk string hanging from the ceiling and a New York kiosk made from piles of newspapersSee all our stories about Aesop here.

The brand's founder Dennis Paphitis also recently started up a gentlemen’s outfitters in an old factory in Melbourne. Read more in our earlier story.

  • Davide

    Nice indeed, but aren’t they starting to get a bit too boring?

  • james orf

    All the same every time… is design supposed to be so safe?

  • Friedel

    Corporate? Commercial!

  • ATI

    Does anyone know about the spotlight they are using? Quite beautiful.

    • .PSLAB

      Dear ATI, the spotlights are by .PSLAB! Thank you!