Cowboy Coffee Kettle

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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 James talk about the product and preparation technique.

CU Exhibition

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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 competition, and a dinner with edible copper on the menu.

Copper has been in use for 10,000 years, yet over 97% of the mineral mined had already been extracted from the earth by 1910; as such, any new use of copper in product, art, architecture and industry has been the result of perpetual recycling. The metal has become an overused material in design over the past few years, a trend that continues to gain momentum. The CU exhibition takes a different approach. Through a process called electroforming, Castor has utilized old pieces of copper pipe and dissolved them in order to grow metal onto organic, non-metallic materials in a charged bath. The work is based in science as much as in design, using Faraday’s Law (the relationship between the weight, electrical current, and time) to create something entirely new. The process of electroplating gives each piece a unique texture and a painterly quality; dendritic crystallization is controlled through change in electrical current. Alongside scientific processes, Castor used various forms of manufacturing – from glass blowing, stone carving, 3D printing, and laser cutting. Science is cool.

Voong

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In the last US election, four more states voted in favoUr of the legalization of marijuana. Likewise, the Canadian government continues to gesture toward national legalization in 2017. As North America begins to gauge its comfort with mainstream marijuana use, an increasing number of design-minded people are in the market for a new aesthetic for pot paraphernalia.

Inspired by the opportunity to elevate an object that has long been viewed in the realm of craft, Castor’s bong is a vessel made from black or white porcelain, glazed on the interior and raw on its outside or a more tactile feel. The bowl component is made from brass and powder coated in black or white.

Doubling as a vase, the Voong aligns with the brand’s existing distinction in the consumer product market, as well as its notoriety for dissident design. With its dual purposes – demonstrated in scenarios for use when “Home Alone” (as a bong) or “When the Parents Come to Visit” (as a vase) – the product plays with the idea of a pot culture that is coming out of hiding.

Hudson’s Bay Installation

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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.