Torafu Architects transformed this slender interior on Meiji Street in Shibuya for Australian skincare brand . The store, just 2.6m wide, 7.8m deep and 3.9m high, took some careful detailing and material choices to make a serene and welcoming space within the narrow proportions.
A mortar wall, mirrored surfaces and blackened steel for the shelves and counter, are complemented by a softer use of wood floor and sisal carpet underfoot. A long feature basin runs from the store’s entrance through to its centre.
Torafu also designed the store’s main door and signage; using panels of brown and clear glass in a patchwork pattern. Also a feature of the shelves inside, the brown glass references the various signature bottles and containers that are synonymous with Aesop’s brand.
Photos Takumi Ota