Reality Lab. Issey Miyake boutique
by Tokujin Yoshioka

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Clothes are displayed on precariously balanced tables at this Tokyo boutique designed by Tokujin Yoshioka for fashion label Issey Miyake (+ slideshow).

Reality Lab. Issey Miyake by Tokujin Yoshioka

Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka wanted to play on the idea of shopping in laboratories, so he designed the Issey Miyake Reality Lab. with a clinically themed interior divided into blue and green coloured zones.

Reality Lab. Issey Miyake by Tokujin Yoshioka

Railings are hidden behind bold coloured aluminium panels so only the garments hanging below are visible.

Reality Lab. Issey Miyake by Tokujin Yoshioka

Bright columns and display shelves stand out against the lighter shades of the walls and floor.

Reality Lab. Issey Miyake by Tokujin Yoshioka

Raw concrete walls and beams are exposed to break up the blue and green tones.

Reality Lab. Issey Miyake by Tokujin Yoshioka
Photograph by Masaya Yoshimura

"Incorporating the trace of time cultivated in the space, the contrast between the texture of peeled wall and the futuristic coloured aluminium expresses contrast between history and future," said Yoshioka.

Reality Lab. Issey Miyake by Tokujin Yoshioka
Photograph by Masaya Yoshimura

The store is fronted with glass, which is also used throughout for balustrades between the split levels.

Reality Lab. Issey Miyake by Tokujin Yoshioka

Yoshioka's Elements collection of tables and stands, which appear to balance precariously on angled stands, are used to display items of clothing. Some garments are folded and placed on top, while others are hooked over the edges on hangers.

Reality Lab. Issey Miyake by Tokujin Yoshioka
Photograph by Masaya Yoshimura

The space is an extension of the store Yoshioka designed in 2010 to display Issey Miyake's 132 5. collection of folding garments, which fold from two-dimensional geometric shapes into structured clothes.

Reality Lab. Issey Miyake by Tokujin Yoshioka

This new space, which opened on Monday, now also stocks Miyake's IN-EI pleated lamps, Bao Bao bags and garments from the newly launched Homme Plissé menswear brand.

Reality Lab. Issey Miyake by Tokujin Yoshioka
Photograph by Masaya Yoshimura

The brand often calls on Japanese designers for architecture and interior projects. As well as Yoshioka, it Miyake has previously asked Nendo to create display spaces and Tadao Ando to design the Issey Miyake Foundation building in Tokyo.