When I was in Tokyo during the design week 2005 I saw a nice exhibition called Retired Weapons. I just got the information that this design project for peace will propose its first appearance outside of Japan through an event during the Milan furniture fair next month. Retired Weapons is launched by art director Yuji Tokuda and producer Junya Ishikawa and combines incisive graphic design with a straight message of peace through a variety of tools including an inflatable real-size tank with a flower in its gun.
All the design elements like rifles, land mines and bombs carry flowers to spread the message of peace. Seeds of flowers will be handed out as an invitation to happiness and dialogue. I planted the seeds I got in Tokyo in my garden in Falsterbo which brought happiness to my friends. Also stickers and cards, screensavers and postcards will enable the visitors to circulate the Retired Weapons peace message. By doing that everyone is contributing to make the 21 century an era of dialogue.
Curator of the Retired Weapons event is Yoichi Nakamuta, a well known design expert from Tokyo. The event takes place 18-23 April at via Lombardini 22, Milan. DJ Gak Sato joins with selected music. All the staff of Retired Weapons is excited to meet new people and expand friendship.