Leipzig has been renowned for centuries as centre for printing, music, arts, and cultural
events – including the world’s oldest book fair. Situated on Nikolaistraße, Aesop created its first
space in this historic city.
Influenced by a layered history, the 95-square metre interior references the aesthetics,
context and subtle meanings inherent in the prefabricated designs that shaped much of the
defunct Deutsche Demokratische Republik. Contemporary elements reflective of Leipzig’s
post-reunification development provide pleasing contrasts.
Within the rough concrete façade, the interior features green- and grey-hued walls lined
with shelving composed of powder-coated metal and translucent glass tiles, reflective of
the industrial uniformity that characterised Leipzig when Germany’s East and West were
demarcated. In striking variation, the point-of-sale counter is crafted from oiled plywood
with rounded edges; centrally positioned, it anchors the space and offers an ideal vantage
from which to welcome visitors.