JOHN McLAUGHLIN (born 4 January 1942 in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England), also known as Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is an English jazz and jazz fusion guitarist and composer. He played with Tony Williams’ group Lifetime and then with Miles Davis on his landmark electric jazz-fusion albums In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew, and Jack Johnson.
His 1970s electric band, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, performed a technically virtuosic and complex style of music that fused eclectic jazz and rock with eastern and Indian influences. McLaughlin has been cited as a major influence on many generations from the ’70s and ’80s fusion guitarists, prominent players such as Steve Morse, Eric Johnson, Mike Stern, Al Di Meola, Pebber Brown and Scott Henderson.
ACME Studio is the creative laboratory in the world of personal accessories, and writing instruments, for the creative class. And, for the everyman!
In 1997, ACME released their first collection of fine writing tools. Being the creative team they are and always on the forefront of design, this allowed them freedom to work with globally recognized architects to artists, musicians to tattooists, and even
with Apple Corps, Ltd. For a project with The Beatles and the Le Corbusier Foundation to develop modern, timeless designs for these instruments of expression alongside watches, cufflinks, card cases, and small leather goods.
Founded in 1985 by husband-and-wife team Adrian Olabuenaga and Lesley Bailey, ACME Studio launched with a limited-edition collection of jewelry designed by Peter Shire, a member of the world-renowned Memphis Group. This graduated to working with all fourteen Memphis Designers such as Andrea Branzi, Michele De Lucchi and Ettore Sottsass.
With the need for creatives to use their hands, minds and hearts beyond the technical computer devices, in 2013, ACME developed 7FP, the world.s thinnest seven function pen.
ACME receives accolades and nominations consistently and is proud of the two 2009 National Design Award nominations in Corporate Achievement by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and in 2010, in two categories: Product Design and Corporate Achievement. In 2012 ACME won the Japanese Good Design Award and in 2013 won the Good Design Award for .Hatch. from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, the world.s first antimicrobial pen.
ACME Studio has elevated the standard for fine writing instruments by pushing the boundaries of production while maintaining the highest standard of quality and integrity. From the strong relationships ACME builds with their artists and designers to the company.s inspiring facilities in Maui, ACME Studio has earned a place as a recognized leader in superior product design.