since arriving in germany little over two years ago, aesop has expanded nationwide but lacked a store in the far south of the country. until now, that is. the cosmetics brand from down under has recently added a signature store – its seventh – in munich's historic downtown area. occupying a ground floor unit at luitpoldblock, a colossal early 19th-century building originally built as a commercial building, the store features an interior design by local creative practice einszu33. the retail setting is marked by a stark contrast in materials and shapes, but it's all effortlessly tied in by a polished concrete floor and a backdrop of white-washed walls. taking cues from the neighbourhood's brutalist architecture, a rather chunky concrete desk with a contrasting top of carrara marble and built-in sink takes center stage, complemented by a separate in the adjoing rooms. a suspended shelving system, crafted from repurposed brass and mable are situated in fromt of the shop windows and against a back wall covered in shimmering silk panels. the new aesop store carries the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: luitpoldblock, maximiliansplatz 10 [altstadt].