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Alberto Olabuenaga
Architect Olabuenaga Vintage Cloisonne Enamel Art Necklace Acme studios Necktie

1980's

About the Item

Worn like a bolo tie around the neck. This is new old stock vintage Jewelry from the legendary Acme Studio collection, which created many revolutionary jewelry items. It was handmade in the 1980s using the intricate cloisonné process, an ancient technique for decorating metal; hence any imperfections within the colors are to be expected and inherent which makes it unique and one-of-a-kind. 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 including the Metropolitan Museum in New york city. In 1981 Ettore Sottsass formed a design collaborative name Memphis Design. The Memphis Design Group drew inspiration from such movements as Art Deco and Pop Art producing jewelry, furniture, lighting and fabrics from 1981 to 1988. The rare designs by members including Nathalie du Pasquier, Andrea Branzi, Martine Bedin, Matteo Thun and Peter Shire are often characterized by zany colors and asymmetrical shapes. The group designed many postmodern furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass, and metal objects until 1987. The name "Memphis" came from Bob Dylan's Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again, which was playing during the group's inaugural meeting. Inspired by art deco, art nouveau, and pop art, the group created many bold, colorful, geometric styles that departed from the rigid and dark trend during the 1970s. From 1985 to 1992, Acme founders Adrian Olabuenaga and Leslie Bailey produced more than 100 different earrings, brooches, and necklaces by design titans like Ettore Sottsass, Joanna Grawunder, Martine Bedin, Matteo Thun, Alessandro Mendini, and George Sowden, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Marco Zanini, as well as architects Alessandro Mendini, Stanley Tigerman, Richard Meier, Robert A.M. Stern, Florida architect Laurinda Spear, New Jersey-based Michael Graves, New York’s Peter Eisenman and Argentine architect Alberto Olabuenaga (the jeweler’s father) also designed for the project. California artists Billy Al Bengston, laddie John Dill, Ronnie Cutrone, Charles Arnoldi and Ken Price all designed for Acme Studio as well as famed Playboy Magazine artist Patrick Nagel. Alberto Olabuenaga, Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1917. He began his architectural career in the late 40’s. He worked with Amancio Williams on a country house built in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, done in conjunction with Le Corbusier.
  • Creator:
    Alberto Olabuenaga (1917 - 2001)
  • Creation Year:
    1980's
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 1.8 in (4.58 cm)Width: 1.5 in (3.81 cm)
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  • Condition:
  • Gallery Location:
    Surfside, FL
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU3825368791
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