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The Canadian design studio makes it official: black is back

Christopher Guest fans rejoice! Castor Design’s Black Metal Collection was directly inspired by a quotation 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.” Regardless of our specific love for Spinal Tap, we are still digging the Canadian design studio’s collection because, really, who doesn’t like black?

Castor (French for beaver) is based in Toronto. They presented their mockumentary-inspired lighting collection at last month’s ICFF. Black Metal strips away color to emphasize the bare essentials of form and function. In the absence of color, a series of shady geometric shapes step in to fill the void, and it definitely makes a statement. There’s also a certain amount of mathematics and science-y stuff involved, but we can overlook that in the name of design.


The Reflector Floor Lamp combines a minimal stem with stretched foil leather that takes its inspiration from beaver pelt stretching techniques.


Completely wireless, the Induction Tube Light uses a magnetic field to transfer electrical current to a regular florescent bulb.


Mathematical proof in the making, the Conic Section Pendant Light produces a hyperbola, ellipse, parabola and circle by cutting a cone at different angles.


The black powder coated spun metal back of the Black Mirrors gives depth and intrigue to an otherwise flat object.


The fruit of a collaboration between Canada’s oldest gas lamp manufacturers and Castor: a black chrome Oil Lamp.

Products associated

floor-standing lamp REFLECTOR
indicative price* €2,100
floor-standing lamp INDUCTION
indicative price* €1,280