Philippe Malouin’s style studio Submit-Workplace has utilised a minimum colour palette and custom-made furnishings to turn a London warehouse into the United kingdom head workplace of skincare brand Aesop.
Found inside a former manufacturing warehouse in Bloomsbury, the 232-square-metre space is split into two rooms – each with a pared-back search made to respect the unique constructing.
“The Aesop brief entailed reference photographs to various galleries with an emphasis on clean, straightforward lines and open area,” London-based Malouin told Dezeen. “The thought was to maintain the open spatial really feel, highlighting the skylights and the historical features, while trying to keep with Aesop’s art course.”
Aesop has collaborated with a score of distinct designers on studios for its store interiors close to the planet. In an interview with Dezeen, the brand’s founder Dennis Paphitis explained that no two stores are of the identical style.
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Malouin’s crew put their personal spin on Aesop’s fashion – building on the same aesthetic utilised for its earlier interior projects, like a photography studio with herringbone parquet covering the walls and floor, and turning a former doctor’s surgery into Dezeen’s earlier workspace and observe retailer showroom.
“Crucial places were highlighted within the area and they needed to fulfil the practical needs appropriately without having having an over-made truly feel, which is typically our method for any interior concept,” said Malouin. “It was extremely important to us to incorporate all of the requirements without unneeded aesthetic artifice.”
When Post-Office initial arrived at the space all of the partitions had presently been removed, so Malouin was keen to hold the room as open as feasible.
“We proposed robust limitations on any structural changes to divide the room and primarily hold an open, fluid setting,” he said.
Perpendicular planes of raw steel kind a custom-made reception desk, which sits in front of a shelving unit displaying a choice of Aesop’s skin and haircare goods in their distinctive brown bottles.
The space beyond is populated by 3-metre-long tables – also bespoke for Aesop – which function as both standing operate spaces and for hosting dinners.
“The primary concept behind the style was to develop simple, but elegant custom products to respond to Aesop’s United kingdom head office’s wants,” mentioned Malouin.
Accessed by means of a curtained hole in a wall, the second region is predominantly furnished with workplace desks and chairs.
Both rooms are lit naturally by angled skylights and characteristic sanded wooden floors throughout.
Two Domus Lounge Chairs by Finnish designer Ilmari Tapiovaara are tucked into a niche for one-on-a single chats, alongside a stone side table by British designer Max Lamb.
A partition of Georgian wired glass creates privacy for the dark blue-painted meeting area but makes it possible for workers to gauge its occupancy.
The glass wall hides a conference table by American Modernist designers Charles and Ray Eames with a custom dark green prime, which is illuminated with Michael Anastassiades’ conical String Lights.
“As far as furniture goes, we tend to only like specified things,” Malouin explained. “And these objects have been quite a lot applicable to the Aesop scheme. Just as the material palette, we think that the selections we manufactured were straightforward and classy.”