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Kerstin Thompson Architects & .PSLAB | Aesop Emporium store

Interiors © Derek Swalwell

.PSLAB and Aesop have collaborated with Melbourne based studio KTA, on the lighting design of the newly opened Aesop store in the Melbourne Emporium, a precinct featuring a mix of local and international fashion, culture, food and art. The overall design of Aesop Emporium is distinguished by a singular use of native Australian spotted gum timber. The sustainably sourced hardwood ply creates an intimate, calm and immersive space. The warm hue of the timber combined to the warms of the lighting design compliments Aesop’s displays.

© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell

.PSLAB used tailor-made, site specific lighting products to match the uniqueness of the space and highlight the tone of the new store. Both the LED projectors and the composite suspended light fixtures were developed as a solution to the space providing mobility and purity to the store. The projectors and decorative shades are rotatable, insuring the flexibility for the products displayed. A custom solution of fitted supporting brackets was created to mount all fixtures in the tailored made perforated wooden ceiling, giving the space a clear, clean finish. This unique intervention brings to light both the purity of the wood and the unmatched Aesop products.

© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell

.PSLAB is a context-specific design and manufactory company that is invested in the production of sensory experiences. We are mostly known for our design and build lighting service – our international projects include custom-made technical and sculptural lighting objects in collaboration with renowned architects and designers. For each project, we make specific objects for specific contexts. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Beirut with offices in Stuttgart, Dubai, Bologna and Singapore, .PSLAB has developed considerable expertise in its localized design and production facilities in Lebanon and its service operations overseas. Currently, its 100+ workforce composed of creative, production and management professionals create the backbone of its service-savvy setup.

© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Architect: Kerstin Thompson Architects ( KTA )
Completion Date: Summer 2014
Prize: Winner of the 2014 IDEA Award | Retail Category
Photographer: Derek Swalwell
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