From Tokyo to New York and Cologne, Rimowa’s “SEIT 1898” touring exhibition looks back on cultural and technological forces that shaped their iconic travel tools.
How and why we travel may vary, but the need for a trusted travel companion in the form of the luggage we bring along, is universal. The more resilient the luggage, the more ease at which we move along our journeys. And the physical marks we make on our luggage make up part of the travel memories.
Having been a part of memorable events in travellers’ lives through the creation of robust travel companions with longevity and character, Rimowa celebrates its 125th anniversary with a 3-stop touring exhibition SEIT 1898.
Opening this month in Tokyo (9 to 18 June), the exhibition features more than 100 cases from its archives, like collaboration pieces with Off-White and Dior, and rarely-seen, privately owned cases from friends of the brand, including Patti Smith and Roger Federer. Visitors can also expect pop culture artifacts such as the briefcases from the movie “Mission Impossible 4”, and specially tailored pieces from poker sets to Stradivarius violins. For Rimowa fans, iconic items that marked the brand’s milestone advancements will also be on display. Presented in a series of diorama displays, elements of the brand’s history are reconstructed to highlight the materials, places, people, trends and crafts that form its identity.
The SEIT 1898 exhibition provides a fascinating look into Rimowa’s rich history and notable contributions to travel culture and its many transformations. After its stop in Asia, will make its rounds in New York from 8 to 17 September before returning to where Rimowa originated in Cologne come Spring next year.
While the exhibition details for the New York and Cologne stops have yet to be revealed, you can visit the first stop in Tokyo this June:
Rimowa SEIT 1898 exhibition
When: 9 – 18 June, 11am – 7pm daily
Where: JING Harajuku, 6-chome-35-6 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
How: Open to public, last entry at 6pm
All images courtesy of Rimowa, artwork by Curatedition. All rights reserved.