Kastella is a Montreal-based furniture studio producing a clean and contemporary range of hardwood-only tables, chairs, beds, and storage pieces. Each piece is made to order by their team of ten furniture makers.
The C401 stool exemplifies the aesthetic and approach that run throughout the collection: Minimal forms blend a litheness with sturdy construction, underscored by impressive attention to detail - it’s a look we’re seeing from a number of small Canadian designer/maker studios (which isn’t to imply that they don’t each have their own take on it), and it’s quite possibly the look that could be said to typify contemporary Canadian furniture design.
In these barstools, available in walnut and white oak, a radius softens the joint where gently tapered legs blend into a flat round seat. The slender brass footrests offer the only adornment.
There’s a nod to mid-century modernism with a slightly Danish feel in many of the pieces, take the dresser pictured below for example - a versatile piece that could also work well as side table. But there’s something just slightly more geometric about Kastella’s Canadian Contemporary take - the square edge on the stool above, for instance.
The same radius leg appears again in an entryway console in the collection. A wide radius from either side makes for a rounded knife-edge that wraps the front of the piece - further evidence of Kastella’s attention to detail.
It’s this detail and craftsmanship that separates the minimal furnishings many small Canadian studios are offering from mass-produced alternatives, and it’s a look that makes for timeless pieces that have the longevity to warrant investing in.
See previous Houseporn articles featuring Toronto’s Hollace and Morris and Quebec City’s Six Point Un for examples of other studios producing work with a similar feel, or browse the rest of Kastella’s collection.
This article was written and researched by Miranda Corcoran, who began writing for Houseporn while studying Industrial Design and Digital Media at OCAD University.