the very first aesop store has bowed in the australian capital at the recently renovated canberra centre. occupying a compact unit on the first floor, the interior design has been entrusted to kerstin thompson architects, a firm from melbourne which has previously collaborated with the cosmetics brand. once again they have drawn inspiration from clothing, this time a refined gentleman’s suit. felt and black steel have been paired to conjure a cool sense of working style, complemented by sleek steel-framed display units with black japan ply shelves. a subtle detail is the perforated steel screen which creates a threshold between the interior and the surrounding mall. the new aesop store stocks the brand's full range of body, skin and hair care products. location: canberra centre, 148 bunda street, shop af01 [cbd].