Aesop's inaugural book offers a snapshot of its three-decade-long history. Creative director, Marsha Meredith, talks through some of her favourite moments from the skincare brand's past
Aesop Oscar Freire "Aesop Oscar Freire in São Paulo was our first store in Brazil, and is the result of a collaboration with esteemed architect and urbanist Paulo Mendes de la Rocha who is known for his contributions to the Paulista School – an informal grouping of Brazilian architects in the 1950s who were interested in brutalism. "He worked with the renowned Metro Arquitetos, and the resulting store is a light-filled space that feels in complete harmony with the city's climate and culture, which bears an impression of the designers' thinking in both material and form.
There's an extensive use of concrete, for example, which has utilitarian visual connotations; but it's configured in curving, fluid shapes that choreograph a leisurely pace of movement around the space. "I'm also fond of the cement tiling underfoot, which is the same as that traditionally used in many local houses."