Short North shop Aesthetic offers decor from across the globe
Photo by Tessa Berg
While searching for decor pieces for his Short North shop, Aesthetic owner Adam Johnson came across a striking, redand white-striped sofa buried in a dealer’s warehouse. Noticing its unusual pattern and mint condition, he knew it was a oneof- a-kind find.
“It’s actually a sample of something that was never created,” Johnson says. “Sometimes I have to go out of my way to find things Columbus doesn’t have. You can’t find something like that again.”
His love for the odd and exclusive dominates Aesthetic, which opened in the Short North in October after a stint in a 150-square-foot Clintonville space. The store expanded to 1,000 square feet to stock a globetrotting decor collection—Italian-designed porcelain plates, cage-like industrial ceiling lights, towels hand-woven in Ethiopia and decorative leather punching bags. Later this summer, Aesthetic will carry American-made scarves and handbags, and plans for a wedding and gift registry are in the works.
“You shouldn’t buy on a trend—you should buy what you love,” says Johnson, who tracks down products during East and West coast trips and daily design-blog perusal. “If you stay true to who you are, people will follow you.”
988 N. High St., Short North
Owner: Adam Johnson, 29
At a glance: Home furnishings with a masculine, whimsical touch
In the neighborhood: Stop by the newly relocated Brigade, which has expanded to three rooms of clothing and accessories from lines including IRO and Repertoire, then hit Bodega for local craft beers and a house-smoked lobster roll. If you’re strolling through on a Saturday, end the night at Camelot Cellars, which discounts glasses of wine with a receipt from a Short North restaurant.