Ettore Sottsass, ‘San Marco Brooch by Ettore Sottass’, ca. 1986, The Modern Archive
Ettore Sottsass, ‘San Marco Brooch by Ettore Sottass’, ca. 1986, The Modern Archive
Ettore Sottsass, ‘San Marco Brooch by Ettore Sottass’, ca. 1986, The Modern Archive

After launching Acme Studio in 1985 with a successful limited edition collection of jewelry by Peter Shire, Adrian Olabuenaga contacted Ettore Sottsass and many other designers of the world-renowned Memphis collection to design jewelry utilizing a cloisonné enamel technique. Sottsass designed an iconic collection of necklaces, earrings, brooches and bolo ties. He later went on to design the home and studio for Acme Studio owners, Adrian Olabuenga and partner Lesley Bailey in Maui, Hawaii. The Memphis Designers for Acme collection debuted in 1986, at the opening of the Memphis/Milano exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City. The entire collection is in the permanent collection of the Groninger Collection in The Netherlands and is represented in other museum collections worldwide. The San Marco brooch is from the Acme Studios vault and once these last few are sold, they will be gone forever, making them extremely sought after.

Signature: Stamped on back Sottsass for Acme Studios. Comes in original black flannel pouch printed Memphis Designers for Acme with a small artist's card including a short biography.

Manufacturer: Acme Studio from the Memphis Designers for Acme collection.

Acquired directly from Acme Studios

About Ettore Sottsass

An Italian architect and designer known for his large oeuvre including furniture, jewelry, glass, lighting, and office design, Ettore Sottsass was also the founder in the early 1980s of the Memphis Group. Drawing inspiration from such movements as Art Deco and Pop Art, Memphis produced and exhibited furniture and objects that were vibrant in color and futuristic in design. Sottsass’ own work was known for its variety, oftentimes incorporating playfulness through ornamentation and color. His Olivetti typewriter (1969), one of his most celebrated designs, made of bright red-orange plastic, was a Pop phenom in both its functionality and innovative design. His architecture and design career spanned many decades and styles.

Italian, 1917-2007, Innsbruck, Austria, based in Milan, Italy