The plan of interior and exterior of the NEWoMan Yokohama Store for Aesop, an Australian skin care brand. The selected site is an L-shaped space with a frontage 7.4m wide, and depth of 16m.
▼项目概览，overall view ©Aesop
In view of Yokohama being the location, indigo dye was chosen to conjure up the image of the blue colour of the ocean. With the help of a collective called BUAISOU, a coloring of the wooden boards was finished with indigo dye (ai-some). Located in Kamiita town of Tokushima Prefecture, an area of Japan known for producing Awa indigo, BUAISOU does everything from indigo cultivation and creating dye to designing and making products. After experimenting with several tree species, maple was chosen due to its compatibility with indigo.
▼设计以靛蓝色为主调，使人联想到海洋，indigo dye was chosen to conjure up the image of the blue colour of the ocean ©Aesop
▼木质墙面细部，timber wall detail ©Aesop
▼由蓝色板材构成的墙面呈现出船体般的温柔弧线，a wall consisting of a succession of indigo-dyed boards form a gentle curve like a ship’s hull ©Aesop
A wall consisting of a succession of indigo-dyed boards form a gentle curve like a ship’s hull, over the rough mortar floor. With Indigo there is a noticeable difference between the hues of blue obtained depending on the condition of the indigo on that day, creating a natural gradation along the wall. Moreover, the light coming through the two windows changing the appearance of the indigo dye moment by moment. The tube type shelf was created using indigo dyed aggregated natural wood corrugated into a wave form. The sink area and the island fixtures are finished in stainless steel, reflecting the color of the indigo.
▼水槽区和展示台，the sink area and the island fixtures ©Aesop
Each indigo dyed board has a rusticity and boldness not seen in a uniform material. The design was intended to create a store space that creates a feeling of the human hand and the power of nature.
▼空间细节，detailed view ©Aesop
▼木板染色过程，coloring of the wooden boards © BUAISOU
Principle use: SHOP
Production: D.BRAIN, BUAISOU, Karimoku
Credit: Lighting design: BRANCH LIGHTING DESIGN
Site area: Kanagawa, NEWoMan Yokohama 4F
Total floor area: 106 m2
Design period: 2019.1-2019.10
Construction period: 2019.11-2020,3
Photo: Courtesy of Aesop, BUAISOU