Aesop Geneva Store23/07/2012
Home to the Hadron Collider, the United Nations’ European headquarters and an historic finance sector managing assets worth more than one trillion US dollars, Geneva now also proudly boasts its own Aesop flagship store. Located on the city’s Rue de la Fontaine, the store is designed by Rodney Eggleston, of Melbourne's March Studios. Copper has been chosen as the interior's primary material, representing the vital role that the metal has played as a form of currency throughout the ages, and in particular, its importance to Geneva's wealth. Used modestly and practically, it is accented by discrete textural details of cork, sisal and wood. Central to the store’s design is a large, angled copper sink inspired by the 1970s lustre of a Citroen CX, which folds itself into the consultation counter and demonstration area. The project is finished with Alfredo Häberli’s DS-480 lounge chair, upholstered in tan leather.