although aesop set up no less than nine signature stores in melbourne, it didn't have a presence yet at emporium, a newly opened downtown mall which has proved to be a magnet for the well-heeled. well, until now that is. the cosmetics brand struck a new and fruitful collab with kerstin thompson architects that resulted in yet another appealing shop. the prime material used is sustainably sourced spotted gum timber which has been used for the floors, shelving and the striking perforated screens that adorn both the shopfront and walls. these also function as folding doors, and filter light to provide a retreat from the brightly illuminated arcade outside. the store is sparsely furnished by two boxy units crafted from the same material: one being the sales counter, and the other incorporating a sink in and fossets in a matching shiny copper. the new aesop store carries the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: emporium, 287 lonsdale street, shop 1-042 [cbd].