After launching Acme Studio in 1985 with a successful limited edition collection of jewelry by Peter Shire, Adrian Olabuenaga contacted Marco Zanini and many other designers of the world-renowned Memphis collection to design jewelry utilizing a cloisonné enamel technique. Zanini worked at Sottsass Associati at this time and designed an extensive collection of necklaces, earrings, brooches and bolo ties. The design of the Esmeralda Earrings, and the Soledad Brooch are directly related to Sottsass Associati's first work of interior architecture (1984) in the US for Grace Designs Showroom in the World Trade Center in Dallas, Texas. The facade was fabricated of primary colored building blocks and these jewelry pieces denote Zanini's great contribution to that project. 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 Esmeralda Earrings are directly from the Acme Studios vault and once these last few are sold, they will be gone forever, making them extremely sought after.
Acme Studio from the Memphis Designers for Acme collection.
Details: Imprinted Zanini for Acme Studios on back of each earring. Comes in original black flannel pouch printed Memphis Designers for Acme with a small artist's card including a short biography.
Series: Small editions, now only a very few remain from the Acme Studios vault
Signature: Imprinted Zanini for Acme Studios on back of each earring.
Image rights: the modern archive
Memphis/Milano at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, NYC 1986
From Acme Studios Vault