It has been no surprise to anyone that comes in to contact with Adrian Olabuenaga and his wife, Lesley Bailey, of their love and devotion to ACME Studios Inc. Founded in Los Angeles by Adrian and Lesley, the company made its debut in 1985 with a stunning jewelry collection. The collection was a limited edition series, by Peter Shire, a member of the famous Memphis Group. Soon after, with the help of writer Barbara Radice and architect/designer/photographer Ettore Sottsass, ACME’s new collection (MEMPHIS DESIGNERS for ACME), was a huge collection of jewelry with over a hundred works, with 14 designers and architects involved, including Andrea Branzi, Aldo Cibic, Michele De Lucchi, Ettore Sottsass, Matteo Thun, etc.


This collection debuted at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in 1986, along with the last stop for the MEMPHIS touring show, before returning to Italy. Many of these pieces are now in the permanent collections of many museums around the world, such as the Denver Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Frankfurt Museum of Decorative Arts and others, and the entire series is in the collection of the Groninger Museum in Holland.