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ACME Studio: Pens as Famous as Their Designers

24 Oct

Shop all ACME Studio Pens on EuropeanPaper.comACME Studio pens are functional pieces of pop culture and design that lend inspiration to everyday life. Constant reminders to keep an open mind, ACME’s tasteful and fun pens embody ideas from some of the world’s most groundbreaking design minds.

ACME Studio is a design company that was founded in 1985 by Adrian Olabuenaga and his wife, Lesley Bailey. The company began when Adrian and Lesley launched a limited edition jewelry collection with Peter Shire, a member of the world-renowned Memphis Design Group. Writing utensils become a natural complement to ACME’s ideal of inspiring creativity in daily life, and became a waypoint for the company to collaborate with creatives in every industry.

ACME’s commitment to design led to such collaborations as with Frank Lloyd Wright, Stefan Sagmiester, and Michael Graves, to name a few. The diversity of artists from a multitude of design backgrounds ensures ACME’s outstanding catalog of unique pens that live up to the collaborator’s standards.

Read the full ACME Studio Brand Story on our blog here and shop the full line here!

Form & Function with ACME Pens

16 Apr

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ACME pens are functional pieces of pop culture and design that lend inspiration to everyday life. Constant reminders to keep an open mind, ACME’s tasteful and fun pens embody ideas from some of the world’s most groundbreaking design minds.

Foundations

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ACME Home & Studio Rollerball Pen

ACME Studios is a design company that was founded in 1985 by Adrian Olabuenaga and his wife, Lesley Bailey. The company began when Adrian and Lesley launched a limited edition jewelry collection with Peter Shire, a member of the world-renowned Memphis Design Group.

The Memphis Design Group consisted of 14 designers that had found previous success at the Milan Furniture Fair of 1981 with their post-modernist furniture selection. The jewelry collection release for ACME in 1986 made headlines again for the group, and the series, titled “Memphis Designers for ACME” now resides in the permanent collection of the Groninger Museum in Holland.

Designing Pens

The successful collaboration of design and functionality in jewelry led ACME to the philosophy of integrating design into everyday life. This foundational idea expressed itself in ACME’s men’s accessory collections such as wristwatches, wallets, and leather carrying cases, and ultimately culminated in the perfect niche of fine writing instruments in 1997. Writing utensils were a natural complement to ACME’s ideal of inspiring creativity in daily life, and became a waypoint for the company to collaborate with creatives in every industry.

In recent years, ACME has developed pen-manufacturing technologies allowing designers to have even more of an influence over the shape and feel of their pen, making the process tailored to each designer. ACME’s commitment to design led to such collaborations as with Frank Lloyd Wright, Stefan Sagmiester, and Michael Graves, to name a few. The diversity of artists from a multitude of design backgrounds ensures ACME’s outstanding catalog of unique pens that live up to the collaborator’s standards.

Functionality Persists

Generally speaking, the form/design of ACME pens is what really jumps out at people, but the functionality also speaks for itself. ACME’s rollerball pens write smoothly right out of the box; their ballpoint pens can be converted into fountain pens using ACME’s Fountain Pen Conversion Kit; and they even offer fountain ink cartridges.

Paying further compliment to functionality, co-owner Adrian Olabuenaga recently designed the ACME 4-Function Pen, which is the thinnest 4-function pen in the world. The pen comes equipped with a black ballpoint pen, an orange highlighter, a 0.7 mm lead pencil, and a PDA stylus. The ACME 4-Function Pen is the perfect combination of style and efficiency.

ACME also produced the first biodegradable pen. Launched in 2009, the “Eco Pen” is made from cornstarch, which is 100% biodegradable and will decompose after approximately one year when disposed of properly. *The refill is not biodegradable however, and must be removed first.

Through years of producing innovative products, ACME has found a unique presence in both the design and pen industries that guarantees them a very bright future. We are very excited to bring you the pens that capture a timeless essence in an everyday tool.

Winner of October’s Newsletter Giveaway!

26 Oct

ACME Home & Studio Rollerball Pen - Oct Newsletter Giveaway Item

Congratulations to Graycloud R., from Oakley, California! He is the winner of our October newsletter giveaway and receives one ACME “Home & Studio” Rollerball Pen!

Designed by world-renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, this pen commemorates Wright’s iconic stain glass window designs from his home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Lightweight and well crafted, the pen rests comfortably in your hand and the fine point glides smoothly across any page.

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World’s Thinnest 4-Function Pen from ACME

19 Oct

One of our favorite pens to use around the office is the 4-Function Pen from the innovative ACME Studios. Designed by ACME co-founder Adrian Olabuenaga, the clever ACME 4-Function is the thinnest multifunction pen in the world.

Founded in 1985 by Adrian and his wife Lesley, Acme has been internationally acclaimed for their partnerships with leading architects, designers, foundations, and more. Their offerings encompass a variety of products, including writing instruments, accessories, and other design objects.

Specifically, the ACME  4-Function Pen is an innovative, all-inclusive state of the art writing instrument. If you like to travel light, yet be prepared for anything – this pen will do the trick! It includes a black ballpoint pen, an orange highlighter, a 0.7 mm lead pencil, and a PDA stylus. It includes an eraser, too! This highly coveted pen is the epitome of style and multi-purpose efficiency.

  • Black Ballpoint Pen
  • Orange Highlighter
  • 0.7 mm Lead Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Silver Clip
Shop ACME’s 4-Function Pens here! Which style best suits you? Playful Crossword, sleek Mercury, or the pinstripe Elite?