Aesop Raffles City is situated next to Beach Road, which traces the old foreshore and neighbours other local landmarks such as Raffles Hotel and St Andrew’s Cathedral. Drawing on the site’s embedded maritime history and Singapore’s significance as a thriving port, the store weaves a two-toned palette from the romance of trade, exploration and tall ships, and the weathered durability of nautical materials.
A single glass pane on the façade refracts the design beyond and provides the choice of a port or starboard entry. Emitting a soft luster, a centrally placed large brass island sink commands immediate attention; this custom-designed, undulating form allows staff and clients access to products from the inset bays that surround it. Brass is also used for the thin horizontal shelving on each wall.
To contrast with the gleaming metal, natural fiber carpet wraps the space from ceiling to floor, evoking the durability of sailing rope or hessian storage sacks as well as providing acoustic benefits that give a cabin-like atmosphere.