The Aesop store, a skincare brand designed by Toronto studio Odami for Los Angeles’ Palisades neighborhood, is swathed in mint green materials.
The Aesop store opened in Palisades at the end of 2022. The Palisades is a leafy corner northwest of Santa Monica, home to some unique modernist homes.
“Aesop Palisades Village takes inspiration not only from its natural surroundings but also from its vernacular architecture, where local buildings sit delicately in a cascading landscape of lush ridges and valleys. ” Odami said.
“Most notably, it includes the home of renowned local architect Ray Kappe himself, which serves as a key reference for this project.”
The walls, ceiling, floor, display stand pedestals, and even the sampling sink in the center of the store are unified in the same light green color.
Velvet curtains and upholstery fabrics match the microcement surfaces, giving the small store a monochrome feel.
Behind full-height curtains, Aesop’s signature brown bottles are displayed on shelves made from recycled walnut.
Dark wood is also used for the countertops, individual shelves, and storage units below the large product displays that run along the walls.
“Set gently within this evolving landscape, the various storage and exhibition requirements are resolved as long horizontal surfaces constructed of either reclaimed wood or stainless steel, creating an interplay of lightness and mass.” Odami said.
The stainless steel-lined sink faces a planter filled with tropical foliage, a feature repeated vertically along the adjacent side wall.
A skylight above the plants brings extra natural light into the space, and a low bench gives customers a place to sit and rest.
“Aesop Pacific Palisades’ design aims to enhance self-care rituals and create a biophilic environment through the presence and evocation of nature,” Odami said.
The Toronto studio was founded in 2017 by Spanish architect Aranzaz González Bernardo and Canadian designer Michael Falling.
The team has completed a wide range of projects, from home and restaurant interiors to furniture collections and even another Aesop store in Toronto’s Yorkville neighborhood.
Aesop is famous for its store interiors, and each store has a unique design depending on its location.
Recent completions include an outpost modeled after a bookstore in Marylebone, London, and another with hand-woven bullrush shelves in Cambridge, England.
Photographed by Rafael Gamo.
General contractor: Plessis Contractor Inc.
Manufacturing: Day One Designs
Architect of record: WORD Design x Architecture
engineering: RKM Consulting Engineer Co., Ltd.