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.