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Acme Releases Deadstock Memphis Objects

It was only a week and a half ago that we reported on a cache of original, made-in-the-80s Memphis jewelry designs that the brand ACME has spent the past few months pulling from its archives and posting for sale on its Legacy website (where it appears that even more designs, particularly those by Peter Shire, have since been added). But we had to come in for round two today when we found out that, just this morning, Acme unleashed the motherlode: actual objects, long unavailable and highly rarefied, by the likes of Ettore Sottsass, Andrea Branzi, and Aldo Rossi. Many of them are original prototypes, some of them are one-of-a-kind, and none of them were ever put into mass production. We’ve posted a selection of the offerings below, along with the bits of history provided by ACME  — get them before the collectors do!Yamagiwa_Light_01Yamagiwa Wall Light by Ettore Sottsass, $1,200
“Chrome and black wall light designed by Ettore Sottsass, made by the Japanese lighting company, Yamagiwa. Very few were made. Two were ordered to use in Casa Maui, but only one was used.”
circleAlchimia Ball by Alessandro Guerriero, $600
“Designed and signed by Alessandro Guerriero. Made in the late 1980s in very small quantities by ALCHIMIA, the Italian design group that one time included Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Michele de Lucchi and Ettore Sottsass. Mainly made for and sold within the European market, so very few, if any, made it to the U.S.”
PyramidMarble Pyramid Box Prototype by Joey Sena, $500
“One of 6 prototypes made by ACME, but never mass produced. Made of marble in the 1990s. Only one will ever be sold.”Also_Rossi_ModelTeatro del Mondo model by Aldo Rossi, $525
“A paper model, for display, of Teatro del Mondo, the temporary floating theater in Venice, Italy, designed by the late Italian architect, Aldo Rossi.”acme_inks15-Piece Italian Ink Bottle Collection by ACME Studio, $399
“All hand made in Italy.”
ALCHIMIA_Mendini_Tray_01Alchimia Tray/Centerpiece/Object by Alessandro Mendini, $600
“Black painted steel tray/centerpiece/object designed by Alessandro Mendini when he was part of the ALCHIMIA design group. Very few were made, very rare.”
Bread DishGiotto Prototype Centerpiece by Michele De Lucchi, $700
“Designed by Michele de Lucchi. Silver plated brass, solid and heavy. Made in 1991. Very rare as it never went into production. Only 10 were ever made.”
Table Mirror (ES-3)Giotto Table Mirror by Ettore Sottsass, $2,500
“In polished and lacquered wood. Only 10 were ever made. A copy of the full Giotto catalog is part of the sale.”Bottle Opener (MZ-1)_v1Bottle Opener by Marco Zanuso, $125
“Designed by Marco Zanuso. In lacquered metal and chrome. Made in the 1990s. Very few were made.”
Vase_JG-1_01Giotto Ceramic Vase by Joanna Grawunder, $1,900
“Designed by Johanna Grawunder. Ceramic vase, held by a polished and chrome plated steel base. Made in the 1990s. Only 6 were ever made. Comes with 4 different colored ceramic vases: purple, white, green, and yellow.”Vase_JG-4_01Giotto Ceramic Vase by Joanna Grawunder, $500
“Designed by Johanna Grawunder. Ceramic vase, held by a polished and chrome plated steel base. Made in the 1990s. Only 6 were ever made. Comes with 2 different colored ceramic vases.”traysGiotto Trays by George Sowden, $600 each
“Designed by George Sowden. In solid Mabau wood. Only 6 were ever made.”Object CBowl in Red and Yellow Foam by Adrian Olabuenaga, $150
“Designed by Adrian Olabuenaga for ACME. Although it appears to be heavy, it is made of EVA foam and is feather light. Only 6 were ever made.”Object DBowl in Red and Black Foam by Adrian Olabuenaga, $150
“Designed by Adrian Olabuenaga for ACME. Although it appears to be heavy, it is made of EVA foam and is feather light. Only 6 were ever made.”
Object ABowl in Black and White Foam by Adrian Olabuenaga, $150
“Designed by Adrian Olabuenaga for ACME. Although it appears to be heavy, it is made of EVA foam and is feather light. Only 6 were ever made.”sottsass_box01_red_01Square Wood Box by Ettore Sottsass, $700
“Wooden prototype boxes designed by Ettore Sottsass for ACME. Only 1 sample was ever made, but it was never produced.”
Small_Display-&-BookcaseSmall Bookcase Prototype by Ettore Sottsass, $3,250
“In veneer and lacquered MDF board. One of a kind prototype. This was the very first one ever made, to test every detail before production. Photos show where the lacquer was purposely scraped to test the durability of the lacquer. Also shown is discoloration from testing of various polishes and chemicals. This was also purposely broken, to determine weak points for shipping. It was then repaired, at which point Mr. Sottsass approved it and only 10 were ever produced of the approved version. A true piece of design history.”