Krenit Bowls at Atomic

We are excited to announce that we now have a full selection of Krenit bowls in stock at Atomic.Krenit collection

These beautiful steel bowls with vibrant coloured interiors were originally created in 1953 by Danish metalware designer Herbert Krenchel. In 1954 the Krenit bowl won a golden medal at La Trienale in Milan.  Now considered an iconic Mid Century design these bowls can be found displayed in museums and countless Danish and international design homes throughout the world.

Herbert Krenchel says: “In 1953 the idea was to make a beautiful bowl, preferably so functional and delicate that it was equally suited for use in the kitchen, on the dining table and as a decoration in the sitting room. As a material researcher I really concentrated on getting the different materials to match and look good together as well as making them equally compatible to use together.” 

Now more than 50 years after Herbert Krenchel, designed the Krenit bowl, the original minimalistic design has been re-launched in four sizes with a myriad of beautiful colour choices.

The Krenit bowl collection is now available to view at Atomic 965 Queen St West.

The collection will also be available to view and purchase through our Online Store shortly.




Atomic in THE GLOBE & MAIL

globe-and-mail-logoYearn to collect vintage mid-century-modern furniture- Read these tips first - The Globe and Mail

We are delighted to have been cited in yesterday’s GLOBE & MAIL (Life & Arts section)

The article focuses on the recognition and subsequent global rise in demand for original Mid Century modern design.

A number of dealers from around the world were asked to comment on this value increase and also give some expert advice on how to approach shopping for original Mid Century design.

We are quoted as saying ‘When you buy original mid-century modern, your money is not gone, it’s merely locked away’ says Lawrence Blairs of Atomic Design in Toronto

‘You have to connect with the piece in some way, maybe it reminds you of your grandparents house or the colours in a painting. Even if you have limited knowledge of the designer its ultimately how it makes you feel that’s important’

Thank you Ellen Himelfarb!

If you missed the Thursday print issue the article can also be viewed online here.


Modernist Jewellery displays

Since Atomic opened its doors in 2008 we have endeavored to show beautiful and unique modernist jewellery.

We thought that you would appreciate these striking paper Pyramid displays recently made for us by Origami expert Alex Yue

We love the simple yet versatile shape of the Pyramid and the contrast that is created by the flat black of the paper with our shiny modernist baubles.

It is also our great pleasure to announce a new addition of contemporary ‘Geometric’ silver jewellery to our collection by silversmith Breanne Morrow of White Feather Design.

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Furstenberg modernist tea set

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We have shown numerous well designed tea and coffee sets over the years but this particular set has to be the most beautiful to date.

Designed and made by West Germany company Furstenberg which is the second oldest porcelain maker in Germany and which still operates today on its original site.

This exquisite set consists of one teapot, milk jug, sugar bowl, six cups & saucers and six side plates, all made from fine bone china.

The hand painted motif is exceptionally detailed and colour palette rich and vibrant. The motif  reminds us a little of the much earlier Art Nouveau style.

Certainly the time and skill spent on creating this set is considerable and seldom seen today.

Each piece signed with monogram and ‘Furstenberg’ ‘Seit’ ’1747′ ‘West Germany’

Circa 1970.

More info and photos can be viewed in our Online Store here.




Happy Valentine’s Day!


Wishing all our clients a Happy Valentine’s Day!

We thought that you would fall in love with our ‘Permanent Guest’ mannequin that seems to have taken up residence in our window display.

Made in Italy in the 1970′s this life size figure was designed as an art piece to have lounging in different positions in residential interiors.

Our stylish guest has been constructed so that each joint can be manipulated so that he/she can sit, stand, bend and lounge accordingly to accommodate the furnishings of the room.

Imagine a ‘Permanent Guest’ that never outstays his/her welcome!

Atomic in HOUSE & HOME

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We are delighted to have a number of our pieces featured in the January  edition of HOUSE & HOME magazine.

The issue features the work of our client Parisian designer Stephane Chamard who transforms the interior of an old Victorian west end house into a unique and modern space. A clever mix of mid-century furniture, unique art and unexpected colour  make this classic home feel both cutting edge and effortlessly chic.

Also featured under House & Home of the Month entitled The Collaborator designer Mazen El-Abdallah joins forces with a team of like minded professionals to energize a vast modern space with quality materials and fine craftsmanship.

This current edition of HOUSE & HOME is available at all good newsstands.







2014 – Happy New Year!


We would like to wish all our clients a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014!


Carlo Giannini Espesso cups

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espresso cups2These must be the most stylish espresso cups that we have ever had!

Made in Italy by Carlo Giannini this chic futuristic set is constructed from high quality Inox stainless steel and ABS plastic.  We love the sleek form and cut away detail of the handle.

It was also no surprise to find out that this limited edition design was featured in several scenes of the Star Trek Enterprise series.

Two sets of six are available to beam up to your dinner table now!

Circa 1970

More info be viewed in our online store here.





Andy Warhol ‘Diaries’ silkscreen

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We love this rare silkscreen on silver foil (also known as Mylar) produced by Warner Books to promote ‘The Andy Warhol Diaries’, published in 1989.

Not only is the colour combination striking but the reflective nature and undulating quality of the foil give this piece a unique depth and texture.

Printed in the USA by Warner Communications in 1988.

Professionally gallery framed and mounted.

More photo’s and info can be viewed in our online store.

A rare silkscreen on silver foil (Mylar) produced by Warner Books to promote ‘The Andy Warhol Diaries’, published in 1989.

Printed in USA by Warner Communications in 1988.

- See more at:!/~/product/category=330582&id=29707171

A rare silkscreen on silver foil (Mylar) produced by Warner Books to promote ‘The Andy Warhol Diaries’, published in 1989.

Printed in USA by Warner Communications in 1988.

- See more at:!/~/product/category=330582&id=29707171

A rare silkscreen on silver foil (Mylar) produced by Warner Books to promote ‘The Andy Warhol Diaries’, published in 1989.

Printed in USA by Warner Communications in 1988.

- See more at:!/~/product/category=330582&id=29707171

Atomic – Winner of NOW’s Best of Toronto


We are proud to announce that we have been voted ‘Best Vintage Furniture Store’ in NOW Magazine’s Best of  Toronto Readers’ Poll.

Thank you all for your support and votes!

NOW’s Best of Toronto can be viewed in this week’s issue and also online here.


Atomic in RENO & DECOR

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We are delighted to have been included in this month’s issue of RENO & DECOR magazine.

The article focuses on some of the great design businesses which make up the vibrant and unique shopping district that is Queen Street West.

We appreciate the complimentary summery of Atomic:

Atomic Design features mid century modern classics, lighting from the 60′s, wonderful bits of art glass, a good collection of Canadian-industrial designer work and a generally great selection of accessories to make you ‘cool’

Thank you Glen Peloso!

RENO & DECOR can be found at all good news stands or can be read online here.


Ko Mizuyama ‘Male+Female’ clock

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On occasion we acquire some really great Japanese design!

We love the Pop sensibility of this unique ‘Male + Female’ modernist clock designed Ko Mizuyama.

Made by Niko, Japan (a company which we know very little about) the frame is solid Aluminum with an  quartz battery movement for maximum accuracy.

Complete with Japanese labels on reverse which leads us to believe that this clock was intended for the domestic market only.


Canned Ghost


With Halloween just around the corner we couldn’t resist showing you our vintage Ghostbusters canned ghost!

Produced by Columbia Pictures and given out at the first screenings of the Ghostbusters movie in 1984 it appears that this can was only distributed within Canada.

Not only do we love the Ghostbusters logo and font but the statement that the can ‘Contains 1 Ghost’  and the WARNING: Do not open unless you are a professional Ghostbuster!

MFG Canned Ghost Inc, Mississauga.

Happy Halloween!





Scandinavian ‘Pod’ lounge chair

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We love the style and versatility of this 1970′s ‘Pod’ lounge chair.

Attributed to either Danish or Swedish manufacture the design is compact and low but still manages to feel comfortable and roomy for its occupant. The flexibility of the swivel also means that the user can engage many situations with minimum effort.

Newly upholstered in ‘Cobalt’ blue wool fabric this lounger is the perfect addition to any smaller interior!

Atomic in ELLE Quebec

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We are excited to have been featured in the September issue of ELLE Quebec.

The article focuses on some of the most unique and interesting places to shop for fashion & decor in Toronto.

You can download the digital edition here or pick up a copy at all good newsstands.






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