Reality Lab Issey Miyake by Tokujin Yoshioka

Tables from Yoshioka’s Element collection are used in the interior. Photo Masaya Yoshimura

Hints of the rationale behind ’s latest store design for can be found in the name: Reality Lab.

Reality Lab in Tokyo – which is divided into blue- and green-coloured zones – is an experimental shop for Issey Miyake’s creations. The reality was the existing space, into which Yoshioka inserted laboratory-like elements; pared-back walls oppose slick coloured aluminium. The material combination ‘expresses the contrast between history and future,’ says the designer.

Yoshioka’s collection of tables and stands bring lightness to the interior. Though dark in colour, the large display table in the green room appears to be almost suspended on its angular base. Freestanding displays highlight individual pieces, while the built-in rails are tucked behind coloured aluminium panels, leaving only the clothing on show.

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