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Aesop settles on the Meent

Aesop was founded in 1987 in Melbourne. The sustainable brand is known for its recognisable amber-coloured pump bottles. A shop of its own has now opened on the Meent. Developed in collaboration with furniture maker Sebastian Cox, the two-storey space is characterised by a simple interior in warm cherry wood.

All elements and details have been carefully crafted. From the door handles and hooks to the holders of testers and spatulas, these smaller bronze components were designed by sculptor Mathieu Briand. To offer delight and a touch of surrealism to otherwise mundane actions. The doorknob, for example, features a handprint. A tangible metaphor for the passage of time. Every day, guests will leave marks with their hands. Coat hooks appear as tiny heads on curved necks from the walls, and balms and lotions can be applied with bronze spatulas shaped like miniature arms and legs. And all this in an interior bathed in the natural light shining on the wooden interior. Thus creating a cosy and languid feeling.

The built-in shelves contain the brand's full range of products. That includes skin, hair and body care. But also perfumes and accessories for body and home. Some of the ingredients used are plant-based, while others are made in a laboratory and are proven safe. Aesop does not test its formulas or ingredients on animals.

Limestone basin with gently flowing water

In the centre of the main space is a limestone basin with gently flowing water that invites you to experience the products. Adventurous clients looking for a more intimate experience are invited to climb the stairs to the mezzanine. There you will find an individual en suite. Here, the products can be tried on as if it were in one's own bathroom. A hidden vintage sofa provides a moment of rest while enjoying a hot or cool drink, depending on the season. The acoustics have been carefully curated, with felt panels that absorb and diffuse sound.

Information

Aesop is located on Meent 50. Between Cafecito and Pol.

Opening hours are:
Sunday and Monday: 11:00 - 18:00
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10:00 - 18:00
Friday: 10:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00

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