Aesop Stores

Style - 20.08.2019

Aesop Stores Taxonomy of Design

Founded in 1987 by Dennis Paphitis as a product line in a small beauty salon in Melbourne, the company is present today in 50 countries with more than 220 stores.  In the digital commerce era, the Australian skin, hair, and body care company Aesop pays special attention to in-store experience through art, architecture, and design. The brand’s philosophy – based on principles of quality, honesty, and sensibility – pervades each one of its spaces, but the projects are designed with the creative freedom needed to adapt to the character of the place. Fearing precisely that global expansion could turn the brand into a ‘soulless chain,’ founder Paphitis decided to work with local architects, young emerging teams in most cases, to design the stores. The result is an extraordinary collection of designs that pursue not only a visually attractive image but also calibrate factors such as lighting, scent, and sound to apparently imperceptible levels. To celebrate this process, Aesop launched the web Taxonomy of Design in 2015, where they inform about their products, materials, and strategies, and include the designers and architects of the spaces that

Milan Design Week SPECIAL

Style - 08.04.2017

Milan Design Week SPECIAL

The best of 2017

We visit the best designs of this last edition of Milan Design Week 2017. More than 15 projects of the most famous designers and architects.  Of the hundreds of installations put up at Fuori Salone during Milan Design Week, we mention the most prominent, among them the Nendo exhibition, SO-IL’s pavilion for MINI, Studio Swine’s bubbles for COS, the LAUFEN exhibition: Milestones, Dektonclay, Apparatu’s project for Cosentino, the white cubes by Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, Aires Mateus, and others for OIKOS, Zaha Hadid’s installation for Samsung, Daniel Germani’s cabinet made of DEKTON, Formafantasma’s delicate lamps for FLOS.

TOP 5: Milan Design Week

Style - 08.04.2017

TOP 5: Milan Design Week

Our five favorite installations

Milan Design Week collects the best designs over the world in hundreds of installations scattered around the city. Magaceen's team selects those which, in their opinion, are the most relevant. The Nendo exhibition, featuring over 16 projects, deserves first place on our list. A succession f brilliant, inspiring projects, each different and original, thrills the viewer. COS stands out anew – if last year with the architect Sujimoto, this time with Studio Swine and its installation of perfumed bubbles. In third place, the MINI brand of vehicles alludes to its name through designs of minimal living spaces by the architects of SO-IL. Immediately after that we wish to draw attention to a Spanish talent on the rise, Xavier Mañosa of Apparatu, who in collaboration with the Almería trademark COSENTINO has been studying the properties of a material which all we knew about until now were its ultrapressed panels. Finally, the exciting lamps of Formafantasma, manufactured for the first time for the brand FLOS, which is indispensable in the fair, more so with lighting as protagonist.

Germani + Riva1920 + Cosentino

Style - 02.04.2017

Germani + Riva1920 + Cosentino Milan Design Week 2017

Created by the designer Daniel Germani for Cosentino and Riva 1920, ‘Madera Meets Dekton’ presents an architectural structure made of Dekton (in its ultrabright XGloss Spectra color) attached to two pieces of solid walnut wood. Conceived in a timeless style, ‘Madera Meets Dekton’ is a unique sideboard or credenza more than 2.5 meters long, 0.7 high, and 0.46 wide. The furniture piece presents a Dekton structure (in the ultrabright black Spectra tone) attached to two solid pieces of walnut wood. The walnut wood worked by Riva 1920 comes from American reforestation zones, and its curvature is obtained through the use of cutting-edge machinery. Natural-based oils and waxes are applied to the wood as a finish. The result is testimony to all the research, innovation, and experimentation that is part of the DNA of Riva 1920. The assemblage of drawers integrated into the credenza is executed through the typical fitting method called dovetailing, whereby two complementary parts of pieces are joined by pressure. Daniel Germani es el director creativo y fundador de Daniel Germani Designs. Nació y creció en Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tras completar sus estudios como arquitecto, Daniel pasó ocho