Rove Concepts

Castor - lighting

Castor Design (castor is beaver in French) 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. I have been a fan of their lighting for a long time and thought it about time I do a little feature. Here are my favourites:


Anita - Equinox

I saw this beautiful ceramic garland installation at souk @ sat in Montréal and was mezmerized. By Anne Cahsens of Anita, Equinoxe is garland made of handmade ceramic spheres, linen cord, brace spacers and brass and copper bells. Kicking myself for not having bought one. 


On repeat


Amulette by Annie Legault

A few weekends ago the husband and I took a little day trip to Montreal to check out a show I had never been to before: souk @ sat, featuring creations from Montreal's most creative contemporary artisans. I thought I would feature a few of my favourites. One of them being Annie Legault's handcrafted woven light fixtures...they were absolutely stunning in person. I was SO BUMMED I don't really have the perfect spot for one (being the lighting whore that I am). She also has the most beautiful and soft round rugs (which can never exist in my house full of cats), large knit blankets and plant holders. OMG all of it is gorgeous. 



OMG. These pots are so freaking incredible. Given my love for plants, I am always on the hunt for cool pots as they seem to be really hard to find. By Dossofiorito (via Milk Decoration)

The Phytophiler: a series of hand-thrown terracotta pots on which functional appendices are installed, suggesting possible gestures and daily care for the plants that inhabit our living spaces.

These additional elements represent attempts to interact with the domestic world of plants, through methods and sensibilities that are typical human acts.
Gestures that improve our relationship with plants, and that are important evidence of a new widespread attitude towards nature and of an established awareness of finding ourselves in front of sensitive beings that belong to an "other" world that completes us.

Epiphytes is a collection of suspended vases in white ceramic, offering an alternative to the potted cultivation of epiphytic houseplants, leaving on sight not only the plant aerial part but also its rootage. With this system, in fact, the plant roots are not contained in the vase, but they envelop it as they would do with a tree branch in the forest. It is possible in this way to observe in full the plant and to admire entirely its growth.

Thanks to the alternation of porous and glazed areas, filing the vase regularly with water will be enough to provide the hosted plant with humidity and water for several days.

In a tropical forests on a single tree is possible to find hundred of different epiphytic plants. In the same way, sustaining several plants with similar light and watering needs, a single vase could give life to a little ecosystem.

What are Epiphyte plants?

Epiphytes are all those plants that in the wild, instead of rooting in the soil, grow seizing on branches or leaves of other plants and trees.They are not parasite, as they don’t take away nourishment from the hosting plant, only using it as support.