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A round-up of the best recent posts on the outstanding (inspiring and helpful) interiors blog, Remodelista.

We have long been admirers of Aesop, of their products, philosophy, aesthetic and of their shops – each one of which is designed by a different architect. It seems Remodelista are great fans too, posting about Aesop’s new shop in the Paris Marais back in January. From Paris they moved to Japan, with a series of posts on tea houses (our favourite wasn’t in Japan at all, but the Czech Republic, it was no less lovely for that though) and one on the best Japanese soaking tubs (quite different to our baths – bigger, deeper, more luxurious, and usually made of cypress wood that smells wonderful when filled with steaming hot water). From baths to Bees, and a novel way of using left-over timber to create impromptu hives in disused corners of London, and to the great heights of New York City where they found a surprise garden of grasses (good for Bees again) atop a seven-story office building. Most recently they posted about the wonderful San Cristobál Stables in New Mexico, designed by Luis Barragán. It is the antithesis of English schoolgirl riding stables, full of sunlight, water and colour…

‘Designed by Ciguë, Aesop’s new boutique in the Marais is a minimalist space featuring white concrete walls embedded with rows of metal saucers (repurposed plumbing pipe caps) that hold products in orderly rows. As in all Aesop stores, the space is part laboratory, part art installation…’ Read more here.

‘If one day you find yourself in the Česká Lípa district of the Czech Republic, look for a pine forest. And a calm, dark lake shaped like an “S.” On its grassy shore sits the Black Teahouse.

Built for a family that wanted a peaceful, contemplative spot on the southern edge of a garden, the teahouse, completed last year, is actually the third variation of an unostentatious style that architectsDavid Maštálka and Lenka Křemenová developed after they traveled together to Japan while still students at Prague’s Academy of Art, Architecture and Design. In Japan, they drank tea in traditionalchashitsu and were intrigued by the challenge of how to update the rustic vernacular to create what Křemenová describes as a modern “micro-space, beautiful and cozy and comfortable to stay in for hours.”‘ Read more here.

‘The ofuro, a traditional Japanese soaking tub, is a straight-sided tub deep enough to immerse a human in hot water. Traditional ofuro are made from Hinoki wood, a cypress found only in Japan, prized for its piney scent, anti-bacterial qualities, and longevity.’ Read more here.

‘Even before Marni Majorelle planted a roof garden on top of an unusual seven-story office building in downtown Brooklyn, it was a foregone conclusion the other tenants would use the space as a living laboratory.

“It’s constantly in flux; sometimes people are raising vegetables up there, and there’s even a sauna that’s not complete yet,” says Majorelle, founder of garden design firm Alive Structures, which as a fifth-floor tenant in the Metropolitan Exchange building shares roof rights with an eclectic mix of furniture makers, bio technologists, “green” architects and artists. “That metal structure? Somebody just put that up one day. Every year, the roof takes on a whole new look, and sometimes that look is chaos.”‘ Read more here.

‘When I was introduced to the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragán, I couldn’t understand why anyone would think of modern architecture as a cold discipline.

Looking back on my architecture training, one of my fondest memories was artist Lauretta Vinciarelli’sGraphic Arts class, where she asked a roomful of Columbia undergraduates to render the captivating work of Luis Barragán on paper. Fifty pink Prismacolor pencils and a term later, I was on my way to becoming an architect.’ Read more here.

Teahouse photo via A1Architects. Grass roof photo courtesy of Alive Structures. San Cristobál photo via flickr.

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  • this post is a fascinating and eclectic cocktail. am a happy client of Aesop – i have their marvellous Resurrection Hand Balm for students to use during classes, the fragrance is a delight and wonderfully calming