Beijing – 'Life and death, demise and vigour,' says Ito Masaru, describing the interiors of his Chinese flagship for Isamu Katayama Backlash. It is a spot-on description of this unusual boutique, a space in which 'ruins and paradise co-exist'.
Backlash eschews the mass market, hand-crafting leather garments and accessories using experimental techniques. Having designed the brand’s first Tokyo flagship, Masaru follows up with this 92-sq-m shop inside a windowless bunker-like room. An interior wall divides it into two flanking spaces: on one side, a lounge and cash desk; on the other, the fashion. A large cross cut from one section of the wall offers intriguing glimpses of the room beyond, but this section can also pivot open, like a turnstile, to create two passages between rooms.