Materiality Field Trip-Bobst Library, Aesop, Feit

NYU Bobst Library

The materials of this building are bush-hammered stone (exterior), marble (interior floors and walls), aluminium screen around stairs/different levels.

These materials were used in a number of different ways. Marble was used in large slabs on the walls of the interior, but on the floor 3 different colors of marble tiles were used to create a very geometric and 3D appearing pattern. The Aluminium screen is the highlight of the space, even though it was added after the initial design of the space. It has a scattered appearance, with an almost pixelated looking pattern.

The overall space is very interesting because there is something unique to look at in every corner. The material choices go very well altogether, since they are all pretty neutral, but the combination of different geometric patterns creates a very intriguing and dynamic feeling.



The materials used here are very similar to the materials used at the other Feit store. They include plywood, mirrors, concrete, metal.

Although the materials are similar to the other feit store, they are used in a different way. The plywood is stacked on top of each other, with metal poles allowing for spaces between each layer, creating very geometric shapes. Mirrors are located behind some of the shelves, making the store seem much larger, and creating almost an illusion, where it is hard to locate the physical boundaries of the space.

The overall vibe of the store is very complex and a bit confusing. It reminds me of a mirror maze, and is unlike typical stores. The shoes on display are embedded into the stacked plywood walls and shelves, making them as much on display as the architecture itself. The store is more about an experience, rather than just a space to show objects.



The materials used in this Aesop shop are plywood, leather tiles, brass, perforated base boards.

The combination of these materials and the way they are used allow sound to be absorbed and diffusers to really emanate a scent that penetrates the entire space. Plywood fins were located on the ceiling and also created the shelving, like many of the other Aesop stores. The floor tiles were made out of leather, something very unusual, but it allowed for the floor to be soft, and absorb sound very easily. It also made the floor something that changed appearance over time, with the wearing of the leather. There was a large brass sink located in the center of the store, and other brass elements could be found on the shelving, as well as the light pendant over the counter.

The vibe of this aesop store was very natural and raw. Because it was so quiet, it felt peaceful, and almost secluded, making a very cozy feeling. The products were used as design elements of the store as well, allowing the brand to be advertised, but in an aesthetically pleasing way.

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