Industrial designer Marc Newson teams up with visual design studio “WOW inc.” led by Hiroshi Takahashi. The two have designed a katana (Japanese sword) as an art piece named “aikuchi.” Only ten units are available throughout the world. On Mar 20, the pieces will be exhibited for the first time in the world at Tokyo Art Club (3F) located in Shimbashi.

Newson is a renowned designer who creates a variety of works including household goods, watches, yachts and architecture. Making use of his past experience living in Japan, he made his new art piece “aikuchi,” a katana without a handguard. Japanese traditional katana have over 1,000 years of history.

Aside from the blade, aikuchi was created with advice from artisans. The blade was handled by sword maker Hokke Saburo, the sheath by Iwayado Tansu of the Tohoku region and the design by Takahashi and Newson using the professional technique of Hidehiranuri (lacquer ware of the Tohoku region).

Takahashi of WOW was born into the family running the prominent swordsmith Hokke Saburo, which dates back to the 1700s. He launched WOW in Sendai in 1997. His business was then expanded to Tokyo in 2000 and then to London in 2007. The company strives to communicate the charms of Japanese traditions and aesthetics. Up until now, WOW focused on producing and planning visual works, and this is the first time to be involved in the design of a product.

【Event Information】
WOW × Marc Newson “aikuchi” exhibition
Date and Time: 10 am to 5 pm on Mar 20, 2014
Venue: Tokyo Art Club (3F)
Address: 6-19-15 Shimbashi Minato-ku, Tokyo
Free admission