Castor is French for beaver

Castor Design is a Toronto-based practice run by Brian Richer (a trained architectural stone carver with a degree in English literature and philosophy) and Kei Ng (a trained architect with a background in set design). They are interested in the middle ground between art and design, bringing a sense of irreverence to each project. Materials and their reuse make up an important part of Castor’s aesthetic; burnt out bulbs to make lighting, a rusty shipping container to make a sauna.
Castor Design has won awards from the A+ Awards, A’ Design, AZ Awards, and from numerous design shows. Castor’s products are sold in shops around the world, and they have worked on interiors projects, custom lighting and furniture design, and public art commissions throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Their experience in restaurants and love of music inspired them to open Parts & Labour, a space that combines a fine dining room with a punk rock basement venue, and its offshoot, P&L Burger.

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 making a statement about design in general- black is absolute. See an article featuring the entire collection on Design-Milk and shop at the Castor Online store.

We are happy to announce that our Coil Lamp won the lighting design category at Azure Magazine’s 2014 AZ awards.

You can get more information on the Coil Lamp here.

A’ DESIGN 2014
The Coil Lamp also won a silver A’ design award. More info here.


Castor’s creative director Brian Richer is currently showcasing a new art series titled ‘Calcium Oxide’ at Gallery House in Toronto. More info here.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.