ISSUE 17  |  North Country

Style + Sustainability: Lighting from Castor Design

April 29, 2014 11:00 AM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

Stalwarts of Toronto’s irreverent creative scene, multi-disciplinary firm Castor Design has salvaged burned-out fluorescent bulbs from the trash heap and put them to new use: as glowing sculptures. The spent tubes–which Castor points out comes from “architecturally significant buildings”–are bundled around incandescent bulbs to form horizontal or vertical torpedoes that emit a soft warm light.

Horizontal fixture

Above: The Recycled Tube Light makes a dramatic statement in a loft space. This example is one of several hung in a row at Toronto’s Parts & Labour Restaurant & Club.

Above: The horizontal fixtures range in length from 15 to 93 inches and are 8 inches in diameter; prices start at $2,050 CAD.

Vertical Fixture

Above: Short lengths of fluorescent tubing are transformed into the Vertical Tube, which can be hung alone or as a group.

 Above: The vertical fixtures are 17.5 inches long and 6 inches in diameter; prices start at $700 CAD. 

Read Remodeling 101: How to Choose an Overhead Light Fixture to make sure the light you have your eye is right for the job. To see more lights made from found materials, have a look at our posts: A Tumbleweed Light, Lamps Made From Recycled Soda Bottles, and DIY: Pendants Made From Drinking Straws. On Gardenista, these DIY Lanterns will help kickstart summer.