Reality Lab. Issey Miyake
Following on from past architectural collaborations with the likes of Oki Sato and Tadao Ando, the godfather of modern Japanese fashion, Issey Miyake, has yet again reached into his impressive rolodex of art-world connections to enlist renowned designer Tokujin Yoshioka in the conceptualisation of his newest Tokyo store Reality Lab. And if you missed Yoshioka’s recent exhibition of epic proportions Crystallize
at the MOCA, all the more reason to drink in this cavernous buffed concrete shell, sparsely dotted with eerily floating shelves and lightly sprayed in primary blues and greens that create a conflicting perception of depth.
Meanwhile, Miyake has risen to the occasion by accenting the immaculately minimalist space with his signature geometric pieces like the much-coveted Bao Bao tote bags (now available in this season’s colours and graffiti motifs); 132 5. womenswear and IN-EI pleated lamps (which are both made from recycled polyester fibre that has been folded flat and heat pressed to open out into edgy shirts, trousers, one-piece dresses, and lamps); as well as brand new menswear line Homme Plissé, plus a supporting roster of emerging Japanese designers. So there you have it – art, fashion and science, bafflingly all under one roof – has there ever been a better excuse to flex that credit card?