Strategically located on the ground floor of one of the biggest malls in Malaysia, Aesop introduces an entirely new layout for its newest opening at 1 Utama Shopping Mall, Petaling Jaya. The brains behind the minimalist interior, Singapore-based design group FARM Studios, attended the grand opening to share their side of the story on the insightful creative process behind the store. What started off as an initiative to grow and cultivate the local Singaporean arts community turned into a group of 4 partners who are now on its way to making a name in the design industry region-wide.
Tin is used in many shapes and angles around the store. From the multi-level densely stacked sheets that serve as a sitting area, to the horizontally compressed layers of tin for the product display shelves, FARM Studios looked at the various possibilities to incorporate the material into its overall concept. “We challenged ourselves to think of different ways to express a single idea.” The rustic texture and finishing of the interior is a familiar sight for many Malaysians, but the new interpretation of tin as an aesthetic feature within a space was something that FARM Studios were able to execute stunningly.