Minimalist Japanese designers wanted to create a "sense of incompleteness" so layers were peeled, scraped, and dismantled.

In order to make a new retail outlet for the Japanese fashion brand EEL look like an abandoned warehouse, Jo Nagasaka and Tomoki Katada of Schemata Architects stripped an office space down to the bare concrete walls.

This minimalism and subtraction of features is a departure from the traditional retail design process of building out and adding elements. This sense of ‘incompleteness’ was key to their design, with the space only becoming complete once the most important element (the clothes) were added.

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