Castor Design is a Toronto-based practice run by Brian Richer and Kei Ng, interested in the middle ground between art and design, bringing a sense of irreverence to each project. That is why it’s always a surprise to see what’s new with Castor. The Canadian design studio always hits it out of the park and their new collection is no exception.
Their Black Metal Collection is inspired by the line from Spinal Tap in which Nigel Tufnel says “how much more black could this be? None more black.” Although he was commenting on their new black record cover, he was clearly making a statement about design in general – black is absolute.
From this, Castor set out to create a lighting line without color and ornamentation, so to focus on form and simplicity. The black was achieved through a number of different finishes including black chrome and black oxide.
In mathematics, a conic section is a curve obtained at the intersection of a cone with a plane. This Conical Section pendant lamp is based on that proof.
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Taking inspiration from beaver pelt stretching techniques, the Reflector Floor Lamp reflects LEDs off of a piece of stretched foil leather. The base and stem of the light are designed to disappear in order to display the leather reflector.
The Oil Lamp 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.
These Black Mirrors have a black tint finish that gives off a clean reflection and has 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.