By the time we got to Deadstock
Founding Castor Design in 2006, Kei Ng and Brian Richer have worked on numerous interior projects, custom lighting and furniture design, and public art commissions; the duo has also launched a range of products. French for “beaver,” Castor is known for creating iconic designs with a refreshing sense of irreverence.
Its latest series is Deadstock, inspired by an unusual find. At a defunct lighting factory in Toronto, Ng and Richer discovered a stock of unused steel components in dust-covered boxes that hadn’t been touched for 30 years. “Finding this old stock, produced in Canada by one of the largest lighting manufacturers, represents a part of history,” says Richer. “By reinterpreting the definition of the parts, adding new materials and techniques, we are creating a story for each product.”
The Deadstock series forms a collection of six products, including various pendant lights and lamps. Ng and Richer had to overcome a major obstacle to put the new products into production: a limited supply of found parts. To ensure an ongoing supply, the duo tracked down the original manufacturer to reactivate the 30-year-old machinery that produces these otherwise obsolete parts – reviving, in the process, important tooling techniques disappearing from North America.
Rounding out the collection are a coffee table and side table with a difference: Deadstock’s BMO marble tables are made from Carrara marble straight from the Bank of Montreal Building refurbishment project in Toronto. Carefully selected pieces of the 37-year-old marble have been cut, cleaned and polished to make the tables; solid brass legs and cast aluminum add a striking contrast.
Says Ng, “From an ecological point of view, we are saving raw materials and making the old parts desirable again.” cI