Archive for the ‘Furniture’ Category

´Djinn´ lounge chair by Olivier Mourgue

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.

This ´Djinn´ lounge chair is currently available to view at  Atomic at 965 Queen St West or in our online store.

1976 Montreal Olympics side table

We love the colour combination and form of this unique side table created for the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics.

The table is unlike anything we have ever seen both in form and construction. The top appears to be made up of mosaic tiles in vibrant colours of orange, hot pink and yellow.  The nature of the surface and its application remains a bit of a mystery to us as each tile feels raised and individual just as traditional mosaic tile but has the feel of a softer polymer based material.

Constructed from almost 1″ thick plywood with solid steel hairpin legs this table was certainly built to a high standard.

The underside of the table shows a label with the Montreal 76 logo, serial number, series number (118/1600) and room number.  All indication would suggest that this table was specifically made for the 76 games, perhaps for an athlete lounge, meeting room or hotel room, and therefor very likely to have never been offered to the general public.

Speculation aside this table is a striking and historical example of Canadian design!

This piece is currently available to view at our shop 965 Queen St West or in our online store.




Eames Executive `Soft Pad series`chair

Just in this iconic Executive ´Soft Pad Series´ task chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller.

First designed in 1969 the ´Soft Pad Series´ utilised the same frame as the earlier ´Aluminium Group´ designed by Eames in 1958

With its leather cushions and sleek styling this chair is the perfect marrage of form and function.  It is simply the ´Rolls Royce´ of task chairs and the only logical choice for the modernist residential office.

Our example dates around 1970 in beautiful aged brown leather.


Mod pedestal clock

We love the form and colour combination of this Mod pedestal alarm clock made by Blessing, West Germany.

Circa 1970 this model has a mechanical movement which means winding is required every couple of days. Not such a hardship considering the great design and soothing ticking that it produces.

Also a plus is the alarm which sounds like an old school bell, much easier on the ear than most modern alarms!

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´Hockey Night in Canada´ side table

We love the pop sensibility of this iconic side table designed by Canadian novelist and visual artist Douglas Coupland.

Entitled ´Hockey Night in Canada´ this fun series was made by Edmonton based company PURE design in a number of colour choices, with red and blue being one of the more striking combinations.

The top was constructed from die cut laminate and mounted on a signature steel base. Apparently the table proved difficult to manufacture and subsequently was discontinued early on in production. Rumor has it that roughly only  a thousand of each colour actually made it to the showroom floor!

Dated 2004

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Gerrit Rietveld Red/Blue chair

The revolutionary Red/Blue chair by Dutch architect and furniture maker Gerrit Rietveld (b 1888-1964) is truly a sculpture, painting and chair combined.

Originally designed between 1917 and 1918 with a natural wood finish Rietveld was so Inspired by the work of Piet Mondrian and the De Stijl (The Style) movement that in 1921 he painted his chair with the bright primary colours of red, blue and yellow.

In the Red Blue Chair, Rietveld manipulated rectilinear volumes and examined the interaction of vertical and horizontal planes, much as he did in his architecture.

Rietveld aimed for simplicity in construction. The pieces of wood that comprise the Red Blue Chair are in the standard lumber sizes readily available at the time.

Rietveld believed there was a greater goal for the furniture designer than just physical comfort: the well-being and comfort of the spirit. Rietveld and his colleagues in the de Stijl art and architecture movement sought to create a utopia based on a harmonic human-made order, which they believed could renew Europe after the devastating turmoil of World War I. New forms, in their view, were essential to this rebuilding.

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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.

Peter Hvidt side tables

We love the minimal quality of these side tables designed by Danish architect Peter Hvidt (1916-1986)

Constructed from solid teak with brass cylindrical leg they are a wonderful example of Danish craftsmanship and the pared down modernism that is associated with good Scandinavian design.

Made by France & Daverkosen.

Stamped on underside ´France & Daverkosen´

´Made in Denmark´

Circa 1950.

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Atomic ´Bullet´ planter

We love the form of this classic mid-century ´Bullet´ planter.  The name is derived from the distinctive conical bowl which sits on the steel tripod base.

These planters were manufactured by a number of US based companies during the 1950´s and reflect the era´s fascination with all things ´Space age´ and ´modern´.

The majority of these beautiful planters were constructed from fiberglass but our example is made from a more unusual copper coloured  Aluminum.

With it´s clean lines and sculptural base this planter is perfect for the balcony, apartment or cottage!


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



Eames Aluminium group lounge chair

Just in this stylish Aluminum Group lounge chair designed by Charles & Ray Eames for renowned furniture manufacturer Herman Miller.

First designed in 1958 the Aluminum Group was originally designed for indoor and outdoor residential use. In fact during its development it was often referred to as the ´Leisure Group´.

Ironically this sleek Aluminum series can now be seen in numerous modernist offices  as well as residential interiors throughout the world.

Stamped with Herman Miller logo.

Circa 1960


Walter Nugent desk chair

It can be challenging finding a desk chair which is both stylish and comfortable to fit into a residential office.

This minimal desk chair by Canadian furniture designer Walter Nugent certainly ticks all the boxes for us!

Designed in 1962 it is similar in many aspect to the work of Mies van der Rohe and rivals in quality to any office chair that American furniture companies Knoll or Herman Miller would have produced.

The sweeping curve of the one piece sprung steel seat and chromed steel abstract base was something of a signature design for Nugent and can be seen incorporated within some of his other designs. He also produced a series of pedestal coffee tables with the identical base.

We are also impressed with the seat height adjusting mechanism, which is a steel disc concealed underneath the base, when turned incrementally raises or lowers the seat for optimal comfort.

With original metal tag `Walter Nugent Designs Ltd`

Dated 1962

Eames Aluminium Group coffee table

Just in this iconic Aluminium Group coffee table designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller.

First designed in 1958 the Aluminium Group was a line of furniture specifically aimed at residential use but over time also became incorporated into offices and executive boardrooms. The sleek minimal profile and signature solid Aluminium base (a unifying factor in all the group) has made this furniture series  a classic choice for any modernist interior.

Table top measures 35¨ in diameter with dove grey laminate finish.

With original Eames Office and Herman Miller labels.

The Wassily Chair

The Wassily, also known as Model B3 chair, was designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925-1926. It was his bicycle that inspired him to use steel tubing to create the frame. Tubular steel was never used in furniture design before but Breuer reasoned if the steel could be bent into handlebars, it could be bent into furniture forms.  This was the beginning of a furniture revolution as within a year, designers everywhere were incorporating tubular steel into their furniture designs.

The Wassily was modelled after a traditional club chair but all that remained was the outline. Breuer called this chair his “most extreme work…the least artistic, the most logical, the least ‘cozy’ and the most mechanical.” The name “Wassily” was given after Italian manufacturer Gavina picked up the license for the chair and learned that the painter Wassily Kandinsky admired the original design and was given the chair by Breuer for his home. It was Gavina that started to produce the chair with leather straps that eventually phased out the original canvas straps.

The Wassily chair is a design classic and an excellent example of Bauhaus modernism.

An original Wassily (with canvas straps). Sold at a Christie's auction in 1999 for $93,948

Tick Tock-Modernist clocks

Tell the time in style! Here are a few modernist timepieces that we currently have in store……..