We love this sculptural stainless steel ‘Bloom’ bowl designed by Helle Damkjaer for respected Danish Jeweller/accessories maker George Jensen.
Inspired by the fluid contours of a water lily that the designer encountered in her trips to Thailand, this beautiful organic form would be a welcome addition to any modern interior - fruit optional!
At any given time we endevour to show beautiful modernist glass from Scandinavia, Italy, Czechoslovakia and beyond.
We currently have on display this sculptural ‘Sommerso’ vase in striking red and blue combination created by award winning glass designer Flavio Poli (1900-1984) for Murano based Seguso Vetri D’ Arte, Italy.
In the years between 1950 and 1960, Poli designed a series of ‘Sommerso‘ glass pieces in a Nordic style – simple forms in a cooler colour range – which were awarded prestigious prizes (Compasso d’Oro) for Seguso.
We love this great modernist folding trolley designed by Louis Lucien Lepoix for FRZ-Mettallwarenfabrik, West Germany.
This sturdy trolley folds for storage to a width of just three inches! The self locking handles on each side smoothly open and close the collapsible metal frame making this trolley the most radical space saving piece of furniture that we have ever shown.
It is no surprise to discover that this clever piece of portable furniture is featured in the permanent collection of the MOMA, New York.
Perfect for the kitchen, balcony or even media use!
This must be the most stylish espresso set that we have shown to date!
Named the ‘Galassia’ which translated from Italian means ‘Galaxy’, it was made by Balzano, an Italian company that we have limited information on.
Apart from the beautiful form and chrome hardware one of the most distinguishing features of this set is the unique anodized finish on the metal which gives each piece the colour and appearance of a ceramic.
Set consists of: One stove top espresso maker, one milk jug and one sugar container.
Dated mid to late 1970′s
Made in Italy.
We love the Piet Modrian inspired colour blocking of this ‘Pliaviva’ folding chair by French designer’s Marc Berthier & Alain Chauv.
Designed in 1979 and made by renowned Italian furniture company Magis, it is an excellent modernist interpretation of a classic Italian folding chair.
Made of solid painted beech with a recessed folding mechanism which is effortlessly smooth for space saving, it is form, colour and function combined.
Perfect for an entrance way, bathroom, guestroom or even paired with a desk; you just might have to resist the urge to hang it on your wall!
Stamped ‘Pliaviva’ ‘Marc Berthier & Alain Chauv’
Made in Italy by Magis
We love this sculptural ´Atollo´ fruit bowl by renowned Italian industrial designer Enzo Mari.
First designed in 1965 and made till the late 1980´s by Milan based design company Danese.
The form has an organic and fluid quality which is directly related to its method of manufacture. The bowl starts out as a 2-mm perforated sheet of vacuum-pressed PVC that is fitted into the shape of a crater, so that its holes can stretch and compress according to all the possible variations around the deformation of a circle.
The final product is an extruded mass of elliptical forms which appear to be forming and altering before our eyes!
Stamped ´Danese Milano´ ´Made in Italy´
We love this rare and futuristic crash test head engraved ‘Scott #4′.
A combination of beautiful, otherworldly and vaguely unsettling it provokes a wide range of emotions depending on the viewer.
Add some pop to your interior with this rare, early edition ‘Momento’ wall clock by Aldo Rossi.
The vibrant and unique shade of turquoise/blue is a high quality baked enamel on metal very similar in process to an auto body finish.
Made in Italy by renowned design company Alessi and dated 1993 it would be the perfect timepiece for any modernist kitchen or lounge.
With Aldo Rossi ‘AR’ monogram on face.
Quartz battery movement.
Just in this chic ´Suomi´ (meaning ´Finland´) coffee set by renowned Finnish designer Timo Sarpaneva.
Made by the respected German ceramic company Rosenthal, first in a white porcelain and then later in a more uncommon ´Porcelaine noire´, it was first designed in 1974 and made until 2010.
The soft organic design was inspired by the forms of rocks that had been rounded and polished by moving water. The design can also be seen as a combination of circle and square, a merger of organic forms of the craft tradition and the straight line associated with modern industry.
We also find the combination of matte and high gloss glaze very appealing!
Each piece is marked on base ´Rosenthal, Germany´´Porcelaine Noire´ Design: ´Timo Sarpaneva´
We love this sculptural pair of adjustable table lights by renowned Italian lighting designer/manufacturer Goffredo Reggiani.
Made from high quality steel, cast iron and ABS plastic these modernist lights would work equally well as bedside or as reading lights in a lounge.
Due to their unique construction (each shade is held in place by a magnet) both shade and height can be adjusted incrementally for optimum focus of light.
Stamped ‘Reggiani’ ‘Made in Italy’ on base.
Complete with two new 60w half chrome reflector bulbs.
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With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching we thought that you would appreciate this great little pop art ‘Love’ radio!
Clearly influenced by the work American Pop artist Robert Indiana it dates from around the late 1970′s and as with most small portable radios of the time it is AM only.
Excellent working condition.
The Spring 2013 edition of DESIGNLINES is now available.
Our favourite articles in this issue include ´Inner Glow´ where Dubbeldam Architecture & Design transform a cramped Annex row house into a light filled oasis with serene aspect and warm detail. In ´Let The Sun Shine In´Altius Architects focus on a contemporary rebuild incorporating non other than thirteen skylights and a minimal interior plan to luminous effect for one Roncesvalles family.
Plus ´Sleep here´ a focus on four of the best new boutique hotels in the city and also ´Raw Talent´ an up close and personal look at five of Toronto´s natural-born creators including one of our favourite neon artists Orest Tataryn.
And don’t forget the informative city wide Shop Guide. Take a weekend to discover a new area in Toronto.
You can pick up a copy of this latest issue at Atomic or at selected boutiques, galleries, and design showrooms throughout the city.
Just in this iconic ´Djinn´ series lounge chair complete with original ´Bubblegum´ pink upholstery!
Designed by Olivier Mourgue and made by Airborne International, France in 1965 it became famous after being freatured in Stanley Kubrick´s cult classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The name ´Djinn´ refers to an Islamic spirit capable of changing shapes and was a reflection of the growing interest in Eastern mysticism which became popular during the mid 1960´s.
The low profile and organic form of the design was also characteristic of the informal lifestyle trend of the period.
A 1964-1965 ´Djinn´ Chaise Lounge is housed in the permanent collection of the MOMA in New York City and the series has also been featured in numerous publications including ´1000 Chairs´ by Charlotte & Peter Fiell, published by Taschen.