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Candy Table

Candy Table

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 […]

Commercial

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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 Lodgeware Candle Holder stands approximately 5″ high, and fits a […]

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. Dimensions (H x W x D) L60in x W30in x H29in (1524mm x 762mm X 737mm) Download PDF Purchase online

Furniture

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Black Metal at Klaus

Black Metal at Klaus

In 2013, Castor exhibited its Black Metal Collection at Toronto furniture and lighting retailer Klaus. The Induction Tube Light, the Conic Section Light, the Black Mirrors, and the Tank Bowls were all on display in-store and available for purchase.

Installations

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P&L Burger

P&L Burger

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

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Design Exchange – White Room

Design Exchange – White Room

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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Forever Barnboard

Forever Barnboard

The Forever Barnboard chair and side table respond to an overused material. The name “Forever Barnboard” refers to the set’s sand-cast aluminium material, as opposed to wood. Forever Barnboard was made in a limited edition of 25 pairs. Dimensions Chair L 16.5in x W 16.5in x H 30in (L 419.1mm x W 419.1mm x H […]

Furniture

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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. Dimensions (H x W x D) L 7.1in x W 2in x H 1.2in (L 180mm x W 50mm x H 30mm) Download PDF […]

Accessories

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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. Dimensions (H x W x D): 12-24” x 12-24” x 4-6” (305-610mm x 305-610mm x 102-154mm) […]

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.” Dimensions (H x W x D): 13″ x 11″ […]

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. Dimensions (H x W x D): 21 7/8″ x 21 1/4″ (555mm x 540mm) Download PDF […]

Furniture

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Deadstock BMO Table

Deadstock BMO Table

When the First Canadian Place (headquarters of the Bank of Montreal) was built in 1975, it was clad entirely in Carrara marble. The BMO coffee table is made from the 1-3/8 thick marble slabs reclaimed from that building after it was reclad in glass in 2010. Dimensions (H x W x D): 42″ x 28″ […]

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. Dimensions (H x W x D): 18″ x 12″ (457mm x 305mm) Download PDF Purchase online

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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Table

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. Dimensions (H x W x D): 96″ x 36″ x 29″ […]

Furniture

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Credenza

Credenza

The Credenza is hand carved from a single piece of limestone with a hand-carved hardwood door. Dimensions (H x W x D): 72″ x 15″ x 12.5″ (1829mm x 381mm x 318mm) Download PDF Purchase online

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. Dimensions (H x […]

Furniture

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Deadstock Album

Deadstock Album

Listen to the promotion album released with the launch of Deadstock. Download Cover Art – Niall McClelland  Thanks – All the bands, Samo, Standard Form, and John (Shoutin’) Schouten at Telephone Explosion Records.

Installations

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Pope Joan Chair

Pope Joan Chair

Pope Joan is a legendary female Pope who supposedly reigned for a few years some time thought to be between 853–855 AD. The story first appeared in the writings of 13th-century chroniclers, and subsequently spread through Europe. To understand why there’s a hole in the seat of the chair, we recommend you read about Pope […]

Installations

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Winnebago

Winnebago

Castor was selected as feature designers for the Interior Design Show in Toronto. A ’75 Winnebago Indian was renovated into a lounge with wood burning stove, Castor furniture, a vintage record player, and a working kitchen. After the show it was used as a private dining area at Castor’s restaurant Oddfellows.

Installations

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Come Up To My Room, 2007

Come Up To My Room, 2007

Castor participated in the annual alternative design show held at the Gladstone Hotel. 2000 ft of industrial red extension cord came out of the ceiling in a thick braid and hung out the window wrapping the exterior of the Hotel. Each cord ended in clusters of cages containing burnt-out incandescent light bulbs each lit with […]

Installations

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Beton Brut – IDS08, Toronto, 2008

Beton Brut – IDS08, Toronto, 2008

One of 10 Innovative Canadian Designers featured at the Interior Design Show. We installed a rough cast concrete fishing hut with stainglass windows, bulb chandelier and wood stove. The hut was an environment to showcase a new chandelier made from drilled-out light bulbs and the Blind Stool. The hut is now an outhouse in Castorland. […]

Installations

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Bubble Room

Bubble Room

Castor was asked to be design a room to feature artwork during Toronto Art Fair. The Bubble House was created with bubble wrap including the floor. Visitors were encouraged to break the bubbles. Castor also designed and built a bubble wrap-breaking machine.

Installations

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No. 9

No. 9

Castor was commissioned to create an environment for no.9, a new curatoral agency launching itself at the Toronto International Art Fair. The space was both a booth for no.9 as well a rest area for the entire fair. Campfire-style seating around a bonfire of Recycled Tube Lights sat adjacent to the Shipping Container Movie House […]

Installations

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San Diego Art Fair 2011

San Diego Art Fair 2011

Castor was asked to participate in San Diego Art fair as part of the NAFTA 3 Countries/2 Borders Show. Castor deconstructed products and packed them in bubble packaging. One was called Canadian Clichés- with stubby beer bottle, hockey trophy, and a beaver gnawed log.

Installations

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Power Plant/Power Ball

Power Plant/Power Ball

Castor was asked to participate in the Power Plant’s annual fundraiser. Two thousand feet of electroluminescent (EL) wire was strung around the room. Artist Jeremy Jansen showed his video on a bank of television screens.

Installations

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Milan Furniture Fair 2011

Milan Furniture Fair 2011

Castor participated in the Venture Lambrate offsite show.

Installations

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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. Dimensions (H x W x D) 4″ x 5″ to 10″ (100mm x 125mm to 250mm) Download PDF Purchase online

Lighting, Projects

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Reflector Floor Lamp

Reflector Floor Lamp

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. Dimensions (H x W x D) 27” x 25” x 60 “ (285mm x 635mm x 1524mm) […]

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. Dimensions (H x W x D) 13″ […]

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. Dimensions (H x W x D) 4-5 1/2” x 4-5 1/2” x 2-2 1/2 […]

Accessories

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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. Dimensions (H x W x D) 5” x 5” x […]

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. Dimensions (H x W x D) 5 7/8″ x 17 1/2″ (150mm x 445mm) Download PDF Purchase online

Lighting, Projects

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Assorted Jobs

Assorted Jobs

A selection of Castor products installed in various residential and commercial locations.

Commercial

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Parts & Labour

Parts & Labour

Parts & Labour opened in 2010 to major acclaim as the new cultural hub of Parkdale – the hip west end neighborhood in downtown Toronto. The 5,000 square-foot space boasts a haute cuisine restaurant/bar overseen by Chef Matthew Matheson, who harvests some of his ingredients from the rooftop garden. A live-music venue on the lower […]

Commercial

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Oddfellows

Oddfellows

Oddfellows was a restaurant designed and owned by Castor.

Commercial

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Fresnel Pendant

Fresnel Pendant

The Fresnel Pendants get their name from  the light-diffusing lens inside of the fixture. The lights feature aluminum, brass, and glass components, and are available in three sizes. A powder-coated aluminum drum is suspended from a brass “T-Bar.” The fixture’s cord is decoratively knotted around the brass bar. Dimensions (H x W x D) 6 […]

Lighting, Projects

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Deadstock Floorlamp

Deadstock Floorlamp

The Deadstock Floorlamp is designed around shades salvaged from a defunct lighting factory. Turned solid oak components support the diffusers and allow full adjustment on three axes. Dimensions (H x W x D) 30 1/2″ x 30 1/2″ x 63″ (775mm x 775mm x 1600mm) Download PDF Purchase online

Lighting, Projects

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Deadstock Jib

Deadstock Jib

The Deadstock Jib light is an adjustable cantilevered wall-mounted fixture designed around a spherical shade salvaged from defunct lighting factory. Dimensions (H x W x D) 47″ x 8 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ (1194mm x 215mm x 318mm) Download PDF Purchase online

Lighting, Projects

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Axis Light

Axis Light

The Axis Light is made of precisely machined and anodized aluminum. The light source rotates 180 degrees about the main column, which is supported by the two rods that pierce it. These rods slide freely through the column, by this action the angle of the column is adjusted. DIMENSIONS (H x W x D) 42″ […]

Lighting, Projects

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Deadstock Catherine Lamp

Deadstock Catherine Lamp

The Catherine table lamp is designed around a cylindrical shade salvaged from a defunct lighting factory. It has a base made of carrara marble salvaged from the First Canadian Place in Toronto and has a support made of precisely machined brass. DIMENSIONS (H x W x D) 19″ x 4 3/4″ x 16 1/2″ (480mm […]

Lighting, Projects

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Deadstock Cannonball Pendant

Deadstock Cannonball Pendant

The Deadstock Cannonball Pendant is comprised of three spherical shades salvaged from a defunct lighting factory. A three-armed spreader holds the shades 120 degrees apart while a wide angle glass diffuser provides even lighting. DIMENSIONS (H x W x D) 14 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ x 84″ (370mm x 370mm x 2133mm) Download PDF Purchase […]

Lighting, Projects

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Recycled Tube Light

Recycled Tube Light

The Recycled Tube Light is comprised of burnt out fluorescent bulbs that are lit from within by halogen light bulbs. Available lengths include 15in, 4ft, 6ft, and 8ft. There are red and black cord options. DIMENSIONS (H x W x D) 15″ x 8 1/8″ (380mm x 206mm) Download PDF Purchase online

Lighting, Projects

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Tank Light

Tank Light

The Tank Lights are pendant lights made from recycled fire extinguishers. Lights are finished with high-gloss automotive paint, available in a range of colours. DIMENSIONS (H x W x D) 4″ x 5″ to 10″ (101mm x 127mm to 254mm) Download PDF Purchase online

Lighting, Projects

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Invisible Chandelier

Invisible Chandelier

The Invisible Chandelier is a collection of burnt out light bulbs that are lit from an LED panel within. Each Invisible Chandelier is produced as a custom piece. DIMENSIONS (H x W x D) 36″ x 20″ x 12″ (914mm x 508mm x 305mm) Download PDF Purchase online

Lighting, Projects

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Cast Antlers

Cast Antlers

Hand-cast antlers come in either solid bronze or aluminum, with raw or bronze patina finish. Wall mounting is possible using the bolt holes provided. Dimensions (H x W x D) APPROX. 20” X 8” (508mm x 203mm) Download PDF Purchase online

Accessories

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Droog Light

Droog Light

The Droog Light takes inspiration from the way guitar pedals are activated. Each light is turned on through pressing a switch like a guitar stomp box. Rubber 12-volt truck lights plug into a power box using guitar jacks. Lights can be placed anywhere using metal pucks and magnets. Mood lighting for rock stars. Available in 3, […]

Lighting, Projects