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“Boys Don’t Scry” Black Mirror

“Boys Don’t Scry” Black Mirror

In 1874, Torontonians Matthew Evans & Henry Woodward patented their design for the incandescent light bulb before selling the patent to Thomas Edison, who went on to produce and popularize their design. As part of a series of exhibitions commissioned by Cadillac for Canada 150, our Black Mirror installation at Union Station in Toronto is […]

Art Projects, Installations

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The Honest Company – Los Angeles

The Honest Company – Los Angeles

Fresnel Lights in the meeting room at The Honest Company, a sustainable consumer goods company. Products: Fresnel Pendant Light Design: Rapt Studios

Commercial, Corporate

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge – Brooklyn

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge – Brooklyn

Each of the rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge 1 Hotel have our Deadstock Catherine Lamps on their bedside tables. Custom double-headed lights were also commissioned for rooms with multiple beds. Products: Deadstock Catherine Lamp Design: INC Architecture Photography: 1 Hotels

Commercial, Hospitality

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Crux marble Mortar and Pestle

Crux marble Mortar and Pestle

Made from marble and beechwood, the mortar and pestle can be used in different combinations to grind spices, herbs and teas. The wood bowl is for softer milling, while the marble dish is for hard crushing. The wood bowl pivots for ease of use. Available from Umbra Shift.

Accessories

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Irving Farm Coffee Roasters – New York

Irving Farm Coffee Roasters – New York

The 6-foot (TL-6) model of the Recycled Tube Light in multiple Irving Farm Coffee Roasters locations in New York City. Products: Recycled Tube Light

Commercial, Hospitality

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Big Switch

Big Switch

Big Switch is a table light that makes what is often a hidden element into its defining feature. Its crescent-shaped button with a ridged surface clicks down to activate. The switch and base are cast in red, yellow, blue, or black polyurethane like you would find in a skateboard wheel. Technical Information (PDF) Find your […]

Lighting

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Captive Exhibition

Captive Exhibition

The Captive (or ‘unfinished’) figures of Michelangelo are the primary inspiration for the series by Brian Richer. Richer, the Creative Director at Castor Design is also a trained stone carver. He has worked on many architecturally significant buildings in North America, and has explored captives for years. The Captive sculptures are simple Platonic forms, hand-carved […]

Art Projects, Installations

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“Liberace x Flavin” – AZ Awards 2016

“Liberace x Flavin” – AZ Awards 2016

The “Liberace x Flavin” installation is a music and light performance for Azure Magazine’s 2016 AZ Awards. Hundreds of fluorescent tubes between six and ten feet tall are set up around a grand piano, lit wirelessly through induction in the same vein as a Tesla coil. The light sculpture is sound-sensitive; its mass of fluorescent […]

Installations

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Particle Accelerator

Particle Accelerator

​“Nature Abhors a Vacuum” Despite our growing familiarity with particle accelerators like CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, for most of us the idea of a particle accelerator is still abstract. Castor Design have produced their take on the particle accelerator in an effort to make the science behind the concept more approachable. The Castor Design particle […]

Art Projects, Installations

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Shopify – Montreal

Shopify – Montreal

The online retail service’s Montreal offices. Products: Recycled Tube Light Design: Linebox Studio Photography: Cindy Boyce

Commercial, Corporate

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Pierced Light

Pierced Light

The Pierced Light is an exploration in glass-blowing and organic glass forms. The table light features a hand-blown glass body and a steel rod with an internal LED lamp. The molten glass is rolled and inflated, and then pierced on an angle as it solidifies. Once hardened, the glass body is sand-blasted for use as […]

Lighting

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Datsun – Ottawa

Datsun – Ottawa

Ottawa restaurant and bar serving Asian small plates. Products: Invisible Chandelier, Plated Tank Light. Design: Linebox Studio Photography: Union Eleven, Metropolis Studio

Commercial, Hospitality

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Uber – San Francisco

Uber – San Francisco

The Vertical Tube Light in Uber’s new San Francisco’s offices. Products: Vertical Tube Light Design: Studio O + A Photography: Jasper Sanidad

Commercial, Corporate

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Lowe Campbell Ewald – Detroit

Lowe Campbell Ewald – Detroit

Detroit offices of advertising firm Lowe Campbell Ewald. Products: Recycled Tube Light Design: Neumann/Smith Architecture Photography: Justin Maconochie

Commercial, Corporate

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J Crew – Brooklyn

J Crew – Brooklyn

J Crew’s Williamsburg storefront. Products: Recycled Tube Light Design: Lalire March Architects Photography: Liz Clayman

Commercial, Retail

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Instacart – San Francisco

Instacart – San Francisco

Grocery delivery company Instacart’s San Francisco offices. Products: Conic Section Pendant Light Design: Design Blitz Photography: Jasper Sanidad

Commercial, Corporate

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Cowboy Coffee Kettle

Cowboy Coffee Kettle

The Cowboy Coffee Kettle is based on traditional open range fire brewing. Bring water to a boil, add ground coffee and let it steep. Pour slowly and enjoy. Present your enamel kettle on its beechwood trivet. Available in black and speckled white from Umbra Shift. Watch creative director Brian Richer and Toronto coffee roaster Sam […]

Accessories

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Voong

Voong

As North America gauges its comfort with mainstream marijuana use, a growing number of design-minded people are looking for a new aesthetic for pot paraphernalia. Castor’s bong is made from black or white porcelain, glazed on the interior and raw on its outside. The bowl is made from brass and powder coated in textured black […]

Accessories

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Flock – Toronto

Flock – Toronto

Rotisserie Chicken restaurant in downtown Toronto. Products: Tank Light Design: Jenny Francis Design Photography: Dave Gillespie

Commercial, Hospitality

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CU Exhibition

CU Exhibition

CU is part of Toronto Design Week and is an exploration into the properties of copper. The show is part of a larger event put on by Endless City and is located at 1161 Dundas St. W. Toronto. Programming ranges from talks on the state of design infrastructure in Canada, video installations, an OCAD student […]

Installations

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Beats By Dre

Beats By Dre

The Fresnel Pendant in the Beats By Dre offices in Culver City, California. Products: Fresnel Pendant Light Design: Bestor Architecture Photography: Jasper Sanidad

Commercial, Corporate

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The Room at Hudson’s Bay

The Room at Hudson’s Bay

Castor Design were part of the Hudson Bay Company‘s installation for the Spring 2016 display at The Room, a fashion window display operating in Toronto since 1937. Six coloured gels were applied to over 115 florescent bulbs, which were used to create the sculptures, lit through induction.

Installations

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Happy Bones – New York

Happy Bones – New York

Flagship location of the New York coffee franchise. Products: Recycled Tube Light Droog Light Design: Smallpond Photography: Francis Dzikowski

Commercial, Hospitality

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Nike 21 Mercer – New York

Nike 21 Mercer – New York

Nike’s New York flagship store. Lighting in the custom shoe design office. Products: Table Tube Light Vertical Tube Light Table Tube Light Design: Frederic Schwartz Architects Photos: Peter Aaron/Esto/Mark Whitfield

Commercial, Corporate, Retail

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Oil Lamp

Oil Lamp

This product is in partnership with Harnisch lamps established in 1842. Collaborating with the oldest gas lamp manufacturers in Canada, Castor was able to use Harnisch’s knowledge and production methods while stripping the lamps of all ornamentation to a simple cylindrical shape finished in black chrome. Technical Information (PDF) Find your nearest stockist

Accessories

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Marble Slabs

Marble Slabs

Materials: Carrera Marble, Oak Hand-carved letters in marble. Pi is Exactly 3 Historically there have been numerous attempts to square a circle, including an attempt in 1894 to pass legislation in the United States that would definitively and erroneously signify Pi as exactly 3. Schrödinger’s Cat is Dead Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment, sometimes […]

Art Projects, Installations

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Spotify – New York

Spotify – New York

Music streaming company Spotify’s New York offices. Products: Tank Light Design: FOX Architects Photography: Limor Garfinkle

Commercial, Corporate

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Common Good – Toronto

Common Good – Toronto

Video production collective Common Good’s Toronto office. Products: Recycled Tube Light Design: MSDS Photography: Photo courtesy of MSDS

Commercial, Corporate

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A+ Awards, Cowboy Coffee, New Director of Sales

A+ Awards, Cowboy Coffee, New Director of Sales

Architizer A+ Awards Decorative Lighting Winner We’re happy to announce that our Induction Tube Light won an award in the Decorative Lighting category of Architizer’s A+ Awards. With entries from over 100 countries, the award represents the best of design worldwide. Thanks to those who voted. You can find out more about the Induction Tube […]

News

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Native Child and Family Centre – Toronto

Native Child and Family Centre – Toronto

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto’s place to reconnect with nature in an urban environment. Products: Vertical Tube Light Design: Levitt Goodman Architects Photography: Ben Rahn (A-Frame)

Commercial, Corporate

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Carmichael Residence – Ottawa

Carmichael Residence – Ottawa

Renovation project on Pretoria Ave in Ottawa. Products: Recycled Tube Light Droog Light Design – Linebox Studio Photography – The General Studio

Commercial, Residential

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Candy Table for “Dinner by Design” – TODO 2015

Candy Table for “Dinner by Design” – TODO 2015

Castor Design have made a dining table and a pair of benches out of hard candy. Two inches thick, the treatment resembles a glass-top dining table. The set was made during the 2015 Toronto Design Offsite week for the Dinner by Design charity event hosted by GE Monogram and the Toronto Design Exchange, the proceeds […]

Art Projects, Installations

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LoversLand

LoversLand

LoversLand reached out to Castor Design to create a bridal salon that stands apart from the ordinary boutique. The front of the space is pared down and sleek, with white walls and piping connecting shelves, lighting, and lace curtained change areas. At the back of the shop is a tented space called The Haven, a […]

Interiors

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Candle Holder

Candle Holder

Using a beaver-chewed log found outside of Sudbury, ON as a positive, the Castor Lodge Candle Holder is cast from solid aluminum. A black patina has been applied to the casting in order to accentuate the bark’s texture, as well as the tooth marks. The Candle Holder stands approximately 5″ high, and fits a standard […]

Accessories

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Castor Design T-Shirts

Castor Design T-Shirts

The first of two t-shirts is a Castor t-shirt in the style of black metal band logos. It was released along with the Black Metal Collection. The second features an explanation of the namesake Castor. Purchase online

Accessories, Projects

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None More Black

None More Black

None More Black 2014 Black Metal Collection Castor’s Black Metal Collection is inspired by the line from Spinal Tap “There’s something about this that’s so black, it’s like how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.” Nigel Tufnel was commenting on their new black record cover and clearly […]

News

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Castor Desk

Castor Desk

A solid-topped desk with a drawer and a variety of different legs cast in aluminum. Leg options range from an ornate hand-carved spindle to a beaver-gnawed log. All legs are interchangeable. Download PDF Find your nearest stockist

Furniture

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P&L Burger – Toronto

P&L Burger – Toronto

Parts & Labour Burger is a Queen Street West restaurant designed and owned by Castor. Launched in 2014, it showcases Parts & Labour’s menu mainstay, and builds upon their reputation for having the best burger in town.

Commercial, Hospitality, Interiors

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Door Wedge

Door Wedge

This product is made of cast bronze, its shape taken from an existing wood wedge. The product’s weight is substantial — it will hold a door back without needing to slide underneath. Technical Information (PDF) Find your nearest stockist

Accessories

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White Room for “DX Rise Up”

White Room for “DX Rise Up”

For their “Rise Up” annual fundraiser gala, Castor wrapped a 3,000 square foot room at the Design Exchange and the furniture inside in heat-shrink wrap designed to protect boats during the winter.

Installations

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Black Mirrors

Black Mirrors

The mirrors have a black tint finish, giving off a clean reflection with a subtle darkened tone. The black powder-coated spun metal back gives the illusion of hovering off the wall and produces depth to an otherwise flat object. Technical Information (PDF) Find your nearest stockist

Accessories

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Biker Stool

Biker Stool

The Biker Stool is available at both chair and bar heights, in either a black or white powder-coated finish. The geometry of the stool’s seat is based on a motorcycle seat. It is leather-lined and joined to a tubular steel base by means of custom machined brass “bungs.” Technical Information (PDF) Find your nearest stockist

Furniture

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TRI-Pod Table

TRI-Pod Table

The TRI-Pod Table’s circular, powder-coated top rests on three oak legs. The legs are held together by means of a hand-hammered brass ring, eliminating the need for fasteners. The TRI-Pod table can be completely disassembled for shipping or storage. Technical Information (PDF) Find your nearest stockist

Furniture

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Castor Stool

Castor Stool

The Castor Stool is hand-carved from a single piece of limestone resembling a gnawed tree. This stool is a solid block; ideal for inside or outside. Technical Information (PDF) Find your nearest stockist

Furniture

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Blind Stool

Blind Stool

The Blind Stool is cast in aluminum from a stool found in a duck blind in Northern Ontario. It is a collaboration between Castor and an unknown hunter. The wood grain, screws and rust patina are all in intact after casting. It has been finished with hand tooling, a black patina and has a leather […]

Furniture

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Castor Table

Castor Table

Each leg is cast in aluminum from found objects – from 2×4 with nails to hand-carved baroque legs. The table top can be made with white oak or polished Indiana limestone. Custom sizes available – please call or email for pricing and lead time. Technical Information (PDF) Find your nearest stockist

Furniture

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Credenza

Credenza

The Credenza is hand carved from a single piece of limestone with a hand-carved hardwood door. Technical Information (PDF) Find your nearest stockist

Furniture

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Sauna Box

Sauna Box

This traditional wood-burning sauna is built into a shipping container. The Sauna Box is completely self-contained with solar power and a wood-fired stove. The box comes standard with iPod stereo, guitar hook-up, Castor Stool, magnetic truck light, wool toque and bronze antlers. The Sauna Box can be customized to suit the site. Technical Information (PDF)

Furniture

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Induction Tube Light

Induction Tube Light

The induction tube light uses a magnetic field to transfer electrical current from the cube-shaped base to a regular 6’ fluorescent bulb. When the bulb is inserted into the base it presses a switch that activates a circuit inside. The current is transferred to the bulb, exciting the gases inside. The bulb will continue to […]

Lighting, Projects

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Tank Light – Plated

Tank Light – Plated

Made from recycled fire extinguishers, these pendant lights are available in the following finishes: chrome; black chrome; copper; and gold. Technical Information (PDF) Find your nearest stockist

Lighting, Projects

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Reflector Floor Lamp

Reflector Floor Lamp

Purchase online Find your nearest stockist Taking inspiration from beaver pelt stretching techniques, this light diffuser reflects LEDs off of a piece of stretched foil leather. The base and stem of the light is designed to disappear in order to display the leather reflector. Technical Information (PDF)

Lighting, Projects

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Coil Lamp

Coil Lamp

The Coil Lamp, a lightweight task lamp that draws power from either of Apple’s first generation MagSafe adapters, is constructed from aluminum and copper-plated components. LEDs contained within the lamp’s head emit a warm, directional light, which allows it to be used in either professional or domestic environments. Technical Information (PDF) Find your nearest stockist

Lighting, Projects

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Conic Section Light

Conic Section Light

In mathematics, a conic section is a curve obtained at the intersection of a cone with a plane. This pendant is based on that proof. A hyperbola, ellipse, parabola, and circle are produced by cutting a cone at different angles. The cages are plated in black chrome to help reflect the light emitted from the led […]

Lighting

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Tank Bowls

Tank Bowls

This bowl is made from the materials left over from production of the Castor Tank Light, made from reclaimed fire extinguishers. The bottoms are recut, stripped, polished, and painted a matte black finish on the outer side with a reflective black interior. Download PDF Find your nearest stockist

Accessories

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Vertical Tube Light

Vertical Tube Light

Using recycled T8 fluorescent bulbs as diffusers, the Vertical Tube pendant light emits a soft, warm light. The Vertical Tube may be suspended on its own, or in clusters of three or more. Technical Information (PDF) Find your nearest stockist

Lighting, Projects