althought well-established in paris with seven signature stores, there's still room to grow for aesop. the australian cosmetics brand ventures onto untrodden grounds and sets up shop in the leafy 16th arrondissement. set over 35 sqm. [377 sq.ft.] ground floor space of a modest low-rise structure built in 1925, the interior has been designed by the company's in-house design team. as with all of aesop's stores, the setting takes cues from the surrounding area, once distinctly rural and dotted with farms, vineyards and stone quarries. this resulted in the ample use of a compatible range of natural materials, such as stone marble and metal. walls are dipped in a soft blue-green hue and paried with a mosaic of stone from normandy. shelving consists of lacquered metal and marble, and lend a distinct geometric quaity to the store design. beautifully contrasting with the rigid lines are a stone basin – a fixture in each aesop store – and an elegant murano glass chandelier. the new aesop boutique carries the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: 16 rue jean bologne [passy].