a mature market on many levels, shoppers in taiwan know how to appreciate sophisticated goods. it was just a matter of time for aesop to raise its profile in the island nation, and now it has. the melbourne-based cosmetics brand has just launched a new signature store in taipei. situated in a ground floor unit at breeze center, one of the capital city's leading malls, the minimalist store interior has been designed by aesop's very own design department. the setting features a monochromatic off-white palette that intentionally evokes a sense of serenity amidst the bustle of the retail corridor outside. a striking feature is the curvilinear wall wrapped in pei pu, a locally sourced cotton with a rough weave. a nook nestled behind the wall allows shoppers to sit back and recharge in sleek chairs designed by japanese designer naoto fukasawa. as with all aesop stores, a demonstration sink forms a prominent part of the interior. here it's a version in white enamel, incorporated in a central island counter. the new aesop stores carries the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: breeze center, 39 fuxing south road, ground floor [songshan].