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Marimekko ‘Wild Gardenia’ Suitcase


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.




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



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.




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.

IMG_7138Pyramid Displays


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!

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.





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!





Happy Holidays! – December 2012

We would like to wish all our clients a very happy holiday and a healthy & peaceful 2013!

We thought that you would appreciate these Canadian snowflake stamps produced in 1976 – true to life with every snowflake being unique! {image via CDR}

Atomic will be closed from 2:00pm on December 24th until January 3rd.

We will re-open on Friday January 4th.

Happy Holidays!

Monocle shop Toronto

Atomic welcomes Monocle shop to Toronto´s West End.

Situated just two blocks north of our location on the north side of College & Shaw St, it is the first Canadian outpost and the fifth bureau in the Monocle empire to open following London, New York, Hong Kong & Zurich.

Notable items on offer will be staples such as nylon Japanese Porter bags, bespoke stationery, CD´s, Comme des Garcons fragrances and naturally the magazine itself, both current and back issue.

Interestingly the shop also shares space with Mr Brule´s international ad agency Winkreative (clients include canuck air line Porter) and an in-house radio station with correspondants broadcasting 24hrs to the Monocle site.

{Images via Monocle}

Italian folding bike

We are generally known for presenting quality mid century furniture, art and lighting, but we could not resist in showing this super stylish Italian folding bike by  Italian company Carnielli.

We love the retro ‘burnt orange’ paint job, chrome trim and colour coordinated seat.

Made in Italy and dating from the 1970′s, it’s the perfect mode of transport  for exploring the backstreets of Rome, Paris and Toronto!

Complete with original sprung seat, headlight and Allen key to assist in folding neatly for winter storage.






2012 – Happy New Year!

We would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2012!

We thought that you would appreciate this New Year card designed by Brian Tsang for design firm Eskid Waddell and their client Just Type.

Created in 1982 it is an excellent example of minimal typographic design.  It looks as fresh today as it did over two decades ago.

Image courtesy of the Canadian Design Resource.

Source: AIGA Design Archives.

Silver Liz

Andy Warhol’s classic silkscreen of Elizabeth Taylor fetched $662K at the Christie’s Elizabeth Taylor auction held at Rockfeller Centre in NYC this past Wednesday. The lucky bidder not only received the iconic portrait but also a handwritten thank you letter that was sent to Warhol from Taylor. The screen legend waited over 14 years to acquire the personalized painting which reads: To Elizabeth, with much love.

Taylor will always be known for her impressive jewellery collection but from a young age, she appreciated decorative arts.  She grew her art collection over decades and inherited many paintings from her father, an art dealer. Christie’s calls her private collection an “exceptional group of late 19th century and early 20th century French and British paintings and drawings.” These were not auctioned off at the recent auction. Instead, they will be presented by Christie’s in London on February 7, 2012 at the Impressionist & Modern Art auction.

This is not the first Liz portrait to command top dollar. In June 2010, the famous Silver Liz (with violet coloured eyes – one of the only two made by Warhol)  sold for £6.7 million at another Christie’s auction held in London. This particular silkscreen had not been seen for over 20 years when it went under the hammer.

The image of the actress was taken from a publicity photograph for the film, Butterfield 8. Warhol started the paintings the year Taylor became gravely ill with pneumonia. When she recovered, Warhol went back to them and added the brightly coloured lipstick and eyeshadow.

Elizabeth Taylor was always a muse for Warhol.  Men in Her Life, a 7-foot canvas inspired by a photo from Life Magazine, features Taylor walking with her third and forth husband. The black and white painting sold for $63 million when it was auctioned off at Phillips de Pury & Co. in NYC on Nov. 8, 2010. It was the second most expensive Warhol painting ever sold at an auction. The most expensive? Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car 1), 1963, sold at an auction in 2007 for $71.7 million. The most expensive private Warhol sale was for Eight Elvises, which was sold to a private collector for $100 million.

Andy Warhol's 'Men In Her Life'

Pizza Express

images via Dezeen

If you have spent time in the UK, you will know Pizza Express. Located in almost every major city, this chain pizzeria is a staple in the British diet. Although the restaurant usually does do a good job of working with its original interiors and exteriors, we can’t help but be impressed with the decor in their Richmond (London) location. The Living Lab concept restaurant which was designed by Ab Rogers was unveiled about a year ago.

What so special about this location (besides the obvious)?

  • Customers can play their own music from their iPods when sat in one of the booths.
  • The kitchen has suspended mirrors above so diners can watch their pizza being prepared.
  • The lighting domes above the tables can be controlled by the customers to create their own ambiance.
  • No more waiting to get the server’s attention – just press a button and the dome above the table illuminates to attract a server to your table.
  • Projections play at either end of the restaurant and a soundscape plays in the washrooms.

Who needs fish and chips when you have Living Lab Pizza Express?