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Aē­sop’s Wellington store by Ru­fus Knight

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Greek fab­u­list Aē­sop knew how to tell a mem­o­rable story and the skin­care brand that takes his name sim­i­larly makes a last­ing im­pres­sion. The brand’s first Wellington store, de­signed by Ru­fus Knight, draws on the build­ing’s own his­tory. The re­sult is a space that qui­etly cel­e­brates the char­ac­ter of the neigh­bour­hood it in­hab­its, says Aē­sop’s re­tail ar­chi­tec­tural man­ager Denise Neri. The moral of the story? Be a good neigh­bour. The store is lo­cated in Change House, which was built by the Bran­don fam­ily in 1932, with a façade that in­cor­po­rates art deco el­e­ments and the Chicago School. Re­cently added par­ti­tions to the in­side cor­ner of the build­ing were re­moved, al­low­ing orig­i­nal lines to speak for them­selves. Tex­tured cream walls and fruit-wood chairs with moss-green vel­vet add gen­tle lay­er­ing. Knight also took in­spi­ra­tion from the pe­riod Dutch-style wa­ter­front sheds nearby. “The in­te­rior aims to re­flect on the sur­round­ing col­lage of Euro­pean in­flu­ences,” says Knight, “and ref­er­ence the fluid yet tac­tile forms of the pe­riod in which Change House was built.” Neri de­scribes Knight’s de­sign as “si­mul­ta­ne­ously warm and min­i­mal, with soft curv­ing walls vis­ually strength­ened by the ex­ten­sive use of dark tim­ber – it’s el­e­gant and un­der­stated”.

Aē­sop Wellington 150 Feather­ston Street, Wellington ae­

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