seemingly in a continuous global expansion mode, aesop has recently opened its first canadian store in vancouver. situated in gastown, the city's oldest neighbourhood, the shop occupies a compact 57 sqm. [614 sq.ft.] ground floor unit of a red brick building on water street and features an interior that's inspired by the history of british columbia's forestry industry. created by the australian cosmetics brand's in-house design department, the setting features a ceiling and walls entirely covered in a mosaic of bisected tiles of locally sourced douglas fir. timber cross-sections reflect a playful manipulation of proportions and texture throughout, while also referencing the outside pavement's cobblestones. shelving and furnishings are crafted from matching timber, and give the interior a coherent look. adjacent to the front window, a recessed porcelain sink provides ample space for product demonstrations. the new aesop store stocks the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care product range. location: 19 water street [gastown].