Archive for the ‘Kitchenware’ Category

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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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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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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Alessi ‘Alessandro M’ corkscrew

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Perfect for those alfresco picnics at the cottage or the park this ‘Alessandro M’ corkscrew is as ironic, humorous and elegant as you could wish for!

The design is somewhat a humorous self-portrait of its designer Alessandro Mendini and joins the successful Anna series as a male counterpart.

Born in Milan, Alessandro Mendini was a key member of the Memphis group and  the former director of Casabella, Modo and Domus.  He was also also designer, architect and image consultant for Philips, Swarovski, Swatch, and Bisazza.

Made in Italy by renowned design manufacturer Alessi and dated 2003.

‘Bloom’ bowl by Georg Jensen

We love this sculptural stainless steel ‘Bloom’ bowl designed by Helle Damkjaer for respected Danish Jeweller/accessories maker Georg 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!

Available to view at Atomic or in our Online store.

Italian ‘Galassia’ espresso set

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.

 

Enzo Mari ´Atollo´ fruit bowl

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´

Ball B-Q by William Wiggins

Keep grilling well into Fall with this stylish burnt-orange Ball B-Q by Canadian designer William Wiggins.

Designed in 1970 and made in Canada this BBQ puts the Pop back into balcony or backyard cooking any time of the year!

Featured in ´Design in Canada´ by Rachel Gotlieb & Cora Golden.

Floor version can also be viewed at the ever informative Canadian Design Resource website.

Braun HL-1 desk fan

Keep your cool this summer with this iconic HL-1 personal desk fan.

Designed in 1961 by Reinhold Weiss and made in West Germany by Braun,  it has to be the most beautiful and minimal desk fan ever made.

Constructed from steel and heavy duty ABS plastic it comes equipt with two fan speeds and an adjustable visor to direct air flow for optimal cooling.

It can also be wall mounted should your desk be full of paperwork!

All things considered it no wonder that this modernist fan can be seen in the permanent collection of the MOMA in New York.

It is also illustrated in many design publications including  ‘Sixties Design’ by Philippe Garner, published by Taschen

 

 

Arne Jacobsen ‘Cylinda Line’ steel bowl

Just in this minimal stainless steel bowl by iconic Danish architect and furniture maker (think Swan & Egg chair) Arne Jacobsen.

Christened the ‘Cylinda Line’ for its sleek minimal form the range included Salt & Pepper shakers, sugar bowls, Ice buckets, Jam pots and coffee sets.

The majority of these functional steel vessels were designed between 1964 to 1967 and made by respected Danish design manufacturer Stelton.

The pure timelessness of this series has ensured that it has lived on in many a self respecting modernist home well into the 21st Century.

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Wakey wakey! The ´Merlino´ Kettle by Barazzoni

There are some design items that just bring a smile to your face immediately you view them. The ´Merlino´ kettle made by Italian kitchen company Barazzoni is most definitely one of them!

Designed by Maurizio Duranti in the mid 90´s the form and colour reference an earlier design movement known as ´Memphis´ that emerged from Italy in the early 80´s. A design aesthetic known for it´s playful colours and animated shapes.

The Kettle or Bollitore  is fabricated from high grade stainless steel with high quality resin handle, but the most endearing feature of this piece has to be the fantastic Rooster head whistle!

Complete  with original box.

`Capsule` corkscrew

We love this great little pocket corkscrew that just came in.

Named the `Capsule` the handle very cleverly unscrews so that the metal bit can be folded down and concealed within. The result is a nice little pocket size object. Perfect for when up north at the cottage or for those impromptu summer picnics in the park!

`Maya` steel bowl by Alessi

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We love the geometric form of this polished steel bowl by world famous Italian design company Alessi. Designed in 1977 by Giulio Confalonieri it references an `Art Deco` sensibility  whilst retaining a harder edged futuristic style that was prevalent in much of Italian design during the mid to late 1970`s.

As a design company Alessi are considered one of the most respected in Italy. The designers who have created for them are some of the most influential within the design world right up to present day. Notable designers have included Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass, Michael Graves, Achille Castiglioni, Philippe Starck, Frank Gehry, Jasper Morrison, Richard Sapper, Zaha Hadid and of course Carlo Alessi himself.

Alessi was founded in 1921 to produce crafted products in metal for eating and drinking, by Giovanni Alessi and remains even today a privately owned company.

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´Cloud & Rainbow´ tea set

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This wonderful ceramic tea set by San Francisco firm Vandor has to be the most fun set we have ever had!

The patten is called ´Cloud & Rainbow´, and has a distinctly ´Pop Art´ sensibility, so it is no surprise to discover that it is dated 1978.

Interestingly the Vandor label on the underside of the teapot indicates that they were made in Japan. We have not been able to find much information on Vandor but it is quite possible that the company commissioned the design from a Japanese ceramic factory or decided to imported them into the US after viewing the design at an international trade show.

Design speculation aside, we  guarantee that you will be on ´cloud #9´ every time you serve tea with this set!