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Who knew? Well, we certainly didn’t. But then again, Luca Guadagnino‘s movies always ooze a strong aesthetic quality, either in dialogue, portrayed emotion, or, even more palpable as in Io sono l’amore (2009), by way of an elegant designer wardrobe for the adulterous protagonist. We’re talking Guadagnino’s new side job as an interior designer and his very first assignment for Aesop. Interestingly, the Italian filmmaker had been playing with the idea to launch a design studio, and by chance he landed this assignment which accelerated a new kind of exposure. The Aesop boutique is situated in the heart of Rome, occupying a compact space which previously housed a dodgy electronics shop. A far cry from the previous setting, Guadagnino’s newly established design studio took cues from the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Lucina, an ornate fifth century structure across the square, to create the cultured oasis it is now.

Using its colours and materials as the foundation for the interior design, it’s arguably best reflected by the geometric pattern of the travertine floor and slabs of coloured marble captured by a sales desk and two wash basins. Rows of cabinets with marble tops line the walls on both sides of the retail space, and are paired with shelving in hues that not only reference film director Pier Paolo Pasolini‘s legacy, but also anchor a distinct contemporary element in the setting. In stark contrast with the solidity of the materials used below, the ceiling is made of straw that’s artfully tweaked into a pattern of blocks, referencing the thatched roofs of houses in Agro Pontino, a rural area just outside Rome, and specifically Pasolini‘s film Edipo Re. The new Aesop boutique carries the brand’s full range of products. Location: Aesop, Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina 28 (Tridente).

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