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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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Calcium Oxide

Calcium Oxide

The four geometric sculptures, hand carved out of limestone, are changed on a molecular level. This is due to the thermal decomposition of limestone (CaCO3) in a lime kiln. What appear as objects slowly decomposing is accomplished by heating the material to above 825 °C, a process called calcination. This process drives off the carbon […]

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Captive Munny for “This Is Not A Toy” Exhibition

Captive Munny for “This Is Not A Toy” Exhibition

CAPTIVE MUNNY Design Exchange (Toronto) Materials: Carrera Marble This was part of a show called This is Not a Toy ­ co-curated by Pharrell Williams. A number of artist were given Munny Dolls and asked to do an intervention. The inspiration for this Munny was Michelangelos captives. The Munny was carved in Carrera marble, using […]

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Marble with Fluorescent Tube (Black Marble)

Marble with Fluorescent Tube (Black Marble)

A closer examination of the sculpture reveals that the bulb is emitting light although the pins through which a fluorescent bulb normally receives current remain unconnected, and the tube appears to be unpowered. This effect is achieved through the wireless transmission of electricity. The marble base houses a circuit that safely stores an electric current […]

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Black Metal Collection at Klaus by Nienkamper

Black Metal Collection at Klaus by Nienkamper

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- […]

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Marble with Fluorescent Tube (Large)

Marble with Fluorescent Tube (Large)

A closer examination of the sculpture reveals that the bulb is emitting light although the pins through which a fluorescent bulb normally receives current remain unconnected, and the tube appears to be unpowered. This effect is achieved through the wireless transmission of electricity. The marble base houses a circuit that safely stores an electric current […]

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Crystal Chandelier – TIFF 2012

Crystal Chandelier – TIFF 2012

TIFF Bell Lightbox (Toronto) Materials : Brass Chandeliers, copper sulphate, plaster Each chandelier was wrapped in plaster gauze and submerged in copper sulphate until crystals formed. An accompanying video was also made showing the formation of crystals under a microscope.

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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.

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NAFTA: 3 Countries/ 2 Borders – San Diego Art Fair 2011

NAFTA: 3 Countries/ 2 Borders – 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.

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Power Ball 2011

Power Ball 2011

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.

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Pope Joan Chair – Toronto IDS 2011

Pope Joan Chair – Toronto IDS 2011

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 […]

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Bubble Room “Next Lounge” – Art Toronto 2009

Bubble Room “Next Lounge” – Art Toronto 2009

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.

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Winnebago – Toronto IDS 2009

Winnebago – Toronto IDS 2009

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.

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Beton Brut – Toronto IDS 2008

Beton Brut – Toronto IDS 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. […]

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No. 9 – Art Toronto 2007

No. 9 – Art Toronto 2007

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 […]

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Room 212 – Come Up To My Room 2007

Room 212 – 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 […]

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