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ACME Studios was founded in Los Angeles in 1985 by Adrian Olabuenaga and his wife, Lesley Bailey. ACME made its first appearance with a limited edition collection of jewelry designed for them by Peter Shire, the LA-based member of the world renowned Memphis Group. Soon after the initial debut, ACME released a large collection of over one hundred pieces, ‘Memphis Designers’ for ACME, with the help of writer Barbara Radice and designer/architect, Ettore Sottsass. Little did Adrian and Lesley know that this collection would dramatically change the jewelry industry the same way the Memphis Group’s furniture changed the design world.
smudge stick | peter shire
playhouse | frank lloyd wright
sorry | emiliana design
In 1997, ACME released its first collection of fine writing tools. Always on the cutting edge of design, ACME’s writing tools revolutionized a new concept in the pen industry. Having collaborated with hundreds of top designers over the years, ACME has secured a place in both the pen industry as well as the design industry. The company makes products and accessories designed by the world’s foremost architects, designers, and artists. Acme has been nominated for multiple design awards including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. ACME Studios writing instruments are well designed with a comfortable weight and shape. Pens are constructed using metal barrels with hand applied color images – the finest lacquers are used. Quality manufacturing is demonstrated by metal-to-metal threading. [ acme studio ] [ store locator ]
The following museum shops sell Acme online.
Cooper Hewitt Design Museum | New York NY
Indianapolis Museum of Art | Indianapolis IN
Institute of Contemporary Art Boston | Boston MA
National Building Museum | Washington DC (acme product inventory low. call 202.272.7706 for help)
Toledo Art Museum | Toledo OH
There is no doubt that all of these items will be found in a museum shop near you. Design-driven producers / museum shops seek each other out. Join the museum and you get 10% off. It beautifully all adds up.
JAMBOX delivers stunning hi-fi audio in a portable wireless speaker so compact you won’t believe it when you hear it. It’s loud. With an output capacity of 85 decibels, JAMBOX fills even the largest rooms. Unlike other portable speakers, JAMBOX is powered by a pair of proprietary, highly sophisticated acoustic drivers, unmatched in their ability to produce extreme high (tweeter) and low (woofer) frequencies from a single, ultra-small dome speaker. They work in concert with an innovative moving-wall passive bass radiator and airtight enclosure to deliver shimmering highs and thumping lows that you can literally feel – the richest sound all in the palm of your hand. Designed by [ yves behar / fuseproject 2011 ] Colors/Finish | grey | blue | red | black | silver price: $200 usd
NEKO WATCH | 2010. Japanese architecture team Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANNA created a modern Neko wrist watch for Italian design company [ alessi ] Made of Polyurethane and available in five colors, Neko watch does not have a fastener but simply embraces your wrist. price: $100 usd
FREDRICK ELEPHANT. Bholu creatures are the creation of [ Australian designer Jodie Fried ]. Each Bholu piece is individually hand embroidered or hand woven by artisans in India using ancient techniques, giving each product its own unique and original personality. By using their traditional skills, the artisans gain an income, hence independence and opportunity as well as keeping a traditional craft alive. Bholu is a Katchchhi term of endearment, and also denotes the naivety and free expression of a small child. This is in keeping with the expressions of the Bholu creatures themselves, who will appeal to children and adults alike. Plush, expressive Frederick Elephant is 10″ x 4.5″ x 7. Bright red with big white ears. Each creature is packaged in an organdi bag. Made of wool and acrylic. Slight variations will exist, as creatures are hand embroidered. price: $55 usd
point us to a musuem shop. we’ll add it to the list… [ bauhaus archive museum | berlin ] [ cooper-hewitt | nyc ] [ design exchange | toronto ] [ design museum shop | london ] [ mad museum | short hills nj ] [ mca | chicago ] [ MODA | atlanta ] [ moma | nyc ] [ triennale design museum | milan ] [ tate | london ] [ victoria and albert | london ] [ vitra design museum | weil am rhein de ] [ wolfsonian fiu | miami ]
Etre FIVEPOINT Gloves are a stylish way of keeping your hands warm while using your iPhone, iPad, iPod and other touchscreen devices.
Thanks to their special capacitive contactwoven® fingertips, they do what other gloves don’t: They let you use touchscreens without having to take them off. While nearly all modern touchscreen devices employ the kind of capacitive technology described above, some (typically, older devices) rely on resistive technology instead.
Resistive touchscreens consist of two extremely thin metallic layers overlaid by a sheet of glass. When you touch the glass, the two underlying metallic layers are pressed together causing the device to register your touch. So, unlike capacitive touchscreens, they are pressure sensitive, which means that they can be manipulated with any object whatsoever—including your fingers, a stylus, a pen or even your nose. You can operate resistive touchscreen devices while wearing any pair of gloves. However, in order to be able to operate all touchscreen devices, Etre FIVEPOINT Gloves will work. [ fivepoint gloves ] [ etre ]
C5 stays put thanks to a unique Secure Loop design. Adjustable loops hold the in-ear headphones firmly in place. An ingenious innovation where a cushioned loop fixes quickly and comfortably in the inner ridge of your ear. This, together with the tungsten balanced design, holds C5 in place for improved sound, and also makes it ideal for use on the move and during activities.
producer: bowers & wilkens
Stay reliably connected wherever you go. Send, receive text messages from beyond cell phone range. You can have remote tracking and send a 2-way interactive SOS. Pairs with Android phone or Earthmate PN-60w GPS, or use inReach by itself.
price: $250 usd
Use your tablet or smartphone as a touch screen player and remote control that streams stereo audio to your Wireless Boombox. Add a little boom to any room | or outside. [ logitech | $149.99 usd ]
[ technical ]
>wireless audio: Bluetooth® (A2DP)
>3” laser-tuned neodymium drivers:2
>½” neodymium tweeters: 2
>2” passive radiators: 4
>rechargeable battery: Nickel-metal hydride
>battery life: 6 hours**
>auxiliary input: 3.5 mm (cable included)
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asphalt grey tee | 100% fine jersey cotton, combed for softness and comfort. worn by millions across the galaxy. [ artefacture $28 usd ]
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