Marimekko ‘Wild Gardenia’ Suitcase

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With the Summer vacation season just around the corner we thought that you would appreciate this beautiful Mod vintage suitcase.

Made by Samsonite for their ‘Fashionaire’ luggage series this wonderful black & white graphic named ‘Wild Gardenia’  was actually designed by iconic Finnish textile company Marimekko.

Designed and made in 1968 this suitcase comes complete with vibrant Veuve Clicquot orange fabric interior and additional cosmetic case/clutch of the same design for those long transatlantic trips.

Bon Voyage!

 

Additional info & photos can be viewed in our Online Store here.

 

 

 

Atomic on SPACE channel

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Atomic will be featured tonight on the SPACE channel!

SPACE is Canada’s premier TV channel devoted to everything Sci-Fi.

We will be talking to Morgan Hoffman about the influence of Mid Century design on 1960 & 1970′s Sci Fi films and on the collection at Atomic which reflects these futuristic stylish decades.

The show will be airing on INNERSPACE tonight @ 6:00pm and will also be shown on MTV tomorrow. So tune in or set your PVR!

The story will also touchdown online within the next few days.

Cenedese ‘Alexandrite’ bowl by Antonio Da Ros

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We have just acquired another beautiful example of Sommerso glass by renowned Murano glass maker Cenedese, Italy.

This beautiful bowl which consists of vibrant central red Sommerso and contrasting outer ‘Alexandrite’ glass was designed by Antonio Da Ros who was artistic director for Cenedese from 1959 onwards.

‘Alexanderite’ glass is named after the gemstone Alexanderite which has the ability to change colour when viewed in different types of light.

In the case of this sculptural bowl the colour change progresses from blue to purple.

‘Alexanderite’ glass was considered something of a signature technique for Da Ros as well as ‘Uranium’ glass which would glow brightly under UV light.

Signed in diamond point on base ‘ARS Cenedese Murano’ also with original label. Circa 1960.

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

 

 

 

Hang-On Coat Racks at Atomic

Now available at Atomic these fun Hang-On Coat Racks by UK designer Jade Barnes-Richardson.

Hang On is an unpretentious and humorous coat rack that is accessible and easy to decode with its oblique expression.

UK based Jade Barnes-Richardson has taken the archetypal coat hanger and created a new and exciting piece of furniture from an original idea. Inspired by how clothes, overcoats and other accessories are often dumped around the home, Hang On is a coat rack consisting of a collection of several coat hangers. Chaos and useful order at the same time!

Hang On is available in a vibrant Cobalt blue, Canary yellow and Dove grey.

The Hang On collection can now be viewed at Atomic 965 Queen St West or can be purchased directly through our Online Store

 

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‘Vegetal’ chairs by Ronan + Erwan Bouroullec

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Just in time for Spring!

Relax in these beautiful organic ‘Vegetal’ chairs designed by French duo Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.

Designed in 2008 and made by renowned Swiss manufacturer Vitra these sculptural outdoor/indoor stacking chairs were inspired by historical gardens of the 20th century, where young trees grew into furniture like structures through continual care and deliberate pruning.

Made from a high density weather resistant polyamide, the ‘Vegetal’ features flat branch structures woven in three levels to form a round slightly irregular seating shell. On the underside, the chair is stabilized by ribs that form out of the supportive legs.

The end result being a chair that appears to have been grown rather than made!

Additional info and photos can be viewed in our Online Store here

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In a development process that took four years, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec worked with Vitra to create a universal chair for indoors and outdoors whose contours seem borrowed from nature. Vegetal features flat branch structures woven in three levels to form a round, slightly irregular seating shell. On the underside, the chair is stabilized by ribs that grow out of the supportive legs. – See more at: http://atomicdesign.ca/test-store/#!/~/product/category=354608&id=36120210

 

 

 

came from historical gardens of the 20th century, where young trees grew into furniture-like structures through continual care and deliberate pruning. – See more at: http://atomicdesign.ca/test-store/#!/~/product/category=354608&id=36120210
came from historical gardens of the 20th century, where young trees grew into furniture-like structures through continual care and deliberate pruning. – See more at: http://atomicdesign.ca/test-store/#!/~/product/category=354608&id=36120210
came from historical gardens of the 20th century, where young trees grew into furniture-like structures through continual care and deliberate pruning. – See more at: http://atomicdesign.ca/test-store/#!/~/product/category=354608&id=36120210

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.

 

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Atomic in THE GLOBE & MAIL

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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!

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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

January house and home

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.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

2014 – Happy New Year!

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

 

Carlo Giannini Espesso cups

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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: http://atomicdesign.ca/test-store/#!/~/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: http://atomicdesign.ca/test-store/#!/~/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: http://atomicdesign.ca/test-store/#!/~/product/category=330582&id=29707171

Atomic – Winner of NOW’s Best of Toronto

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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.

 

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