Aesop Shaw Store, Washington, D.C.

Aesop Shaw DC, Store Design, Washington Retail Interior, New Cosmetics Shop USA

Aesop Shaw Store

Cosmetics Shop at 1924 8th Street NW, Washington, D.C. – design by David Jameson Architects

Apr 25, 2017

Aesop Shaw Store, Washington, D.C.

Design: David Jameson Architects

Aesop Shaw Store, Washington, D.C.

AESOP THE SHAY, Washington, DC., USA | 2016

“Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music.”- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The design inspiration for Aesop’s first Washington, DC environment is rooted in the DNA of the historic U Street and Shaw neighborhoods’ music.

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From the early 1900’s, the Dunbar, Lincoln, and Howard Theatres were the soul of musical creativity in Washington, DC, where jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway performed. Today, their lineage continues in jazz clubs and music venues such as the 9:30 Club, the Black Cat, DC9, and U Street Music Hall.

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The design response by David Jameson Architects is conceived to be an abstracted spatial experience distilled from this DNA.

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Evoking the instruments of jazz artists past and present, a clear coated brass shelving armature envelops the interior, conceived as a tectonic instrument in its own right. Translucent drum skins inserted within the shelving are positioned in a manner to evoke the kinetic gestures of jazz artists that were not able to read or write music in the conventional sense.

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Aesop’s amber glass bottles lyrically activate the shelving, becoming musical notes on a scale that resonate through the space. Linear Japanese Oak cases veil product demonstration sinks and operations equipment.

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Aesop The Shay, Washington, D.C. – Building Information

Architects: David Jameson Architects
Client: Aesop
General Contractor: Madden CCI

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Aesop Shaw DC
Cosmetics store in Washington D.C., United States of America

Address: 1924 8th Street NW, Space 10, Washington, DC 20001, United States
Phone: +1 202-299-9435

Website: Aesop Shaw Washington, D.C.

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