By Pema Bakshi

Tiffany & Co. Embarks on a Visual Journey of Its Fabled History With Its New Tokyo Exhibition

Celebrating 187 years of creativity and craftsmanship, 'Tiffany Wonder' shines a light on the house's masterworks and long-held connections to Japan.
Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Wonder Exhibition, all images courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

The legacy of Tiffany & Co. has cemented the house as one of the most recognisable brands in the world. But how much do we really know about its near two-century heritage? To mark 187 years of superior design and craftsmanship, Tiffany & Co. brings its history to life with ‘Tiffany Wonder’, a limited exhibition in Tokyo that chronicles its most revered innovations and the spellbinding stories behind them.

Held at the TOKYO NODE gallery, situated within Toranomon Hills Station Tower, Tiffany Wonder will be open from April 12, 2024, until June 23, 2024. Not only will it celebrate Tiffany & Co.’s achievements, but it also spotlights the company’s long-held connection with Japan since its early days.

In 1837, founder Charles Lewis Tiffany brought a selection of imported Japanese goods to the American market, a rare offering at the time. From there, many of the house’s designers, including Edward C. MooreLouis Comfort Tiffany and Elsa Peretti, drew inspiration from Japanese art forms. And now, the Tiffany Wonder exhibition pays homage to the many ways the country has enriched Tiffany & Co.’s creative legacy.

Across ten rooms, visitors can endeavour an immersive journey with Tiffany & Co., exploring the history and craftsmanship that have put the house on the map. With more than 300 iconic objects to peruse, such as the first Blue Book, the first Blue Box, and the Tiffany® Setting engagement ring, visitors can indulge in a feast of dazzling creations. Among the pieces on display are a rare George Paulding Farnham-designed orchid brooch and Jean Schlumberger‘s ‘Plumes’ necklace set with diamonds, rubies and sapphires. Naturally, the exhibition concludes with a celebrity: the 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond, set in a transformable new creation inspired by Schlumberger’s emblematic ‘Bird on a Rock’ brooch.

DRAGONFLY BROOCH, 1904, designed by Julia Munson under the direction of Louis Comfort Tiffany

“Tiffany & Co. has been inspired by Japan for decades, and the House’s authentic connection and extensive history in the region has only continued to grow,” said Anthony Ledru, the brand’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “Our latest exhibition showcases some of Tiffany’s most exceptional creations, including the first ‘Bird on a Rock’ brooch from 1965, designed by one of the 20th century’s most gifted designers, Jean Schlumberger. Uplifting Tiffany’s exceptional craftmanship, unparalleled diamond authority, and inventiveness, the exhibition will bring the joy of the House to every visitor.”

Echoing this sentiment, Tiffany & Co.’s Executive Vice President of Product, Alexandre Arnault, shared his excitement over the exhibition. “The idea of wonder has been part of our DNA since 1837. Since the beginning, each design we’ve imagined and each piece we’ve handcrafted was rooted in our mission to spark wonder and inspire the world’s greatest love stories,” he said. “Our latest exhibition celebrates this spirit in a city that is of great importance to Tiffany & Co.: Tokyo.”

‘Tiffany Wonder’ will be hosted at the TOKYO NODE gallery at the Toranomon Hills Station Tower in Tokyo from April 12 to June 23, 2024, with daily admissions open from 10 am-7 pm. For more information, head here

This story originally appeared on GRAZIA International.