Crux Mortar & Pestle x Castor

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Brand: Umbra Shift

Type: Kitchen

Made from marble and beechwood, the mortar and pestle can be used in different combinations to grind spices, herbs and teas. The wood bowl is for softer milling, while the marble dish is for hard crushing. The wood bowl pivots for ease of use.


  • Materials: Marble & beechwood
  • Measurements: 8” × 5” × 5.25"


Designed by Castor for Umbra Shift


Castor Design is a Toronto-based practice run by Brian Richer and Kei Ng. They are interested in the middle ground between art and design to bring a sense of irreverence to their products. Castor Design has won awards from A’ Design, AZ Awards, and from numerous design shows. They have worked on interior projects, custom lighting, furniture design and public art commissions throughout North America, Europe and Asia.


Umbra Shift is an extension of Umbra that focuses on contemporary influences in the design community. For more than 30 years, Umbra has broken the mold by creating entirely new categories that apply thoughtful design to everyday items. Umbra Shift revisits these roots with a roster of established, emerging, and in–house designers who share Umbra’s passion to re-think things, designing personal objects they themselves would want to give or use at home. The result is a collection that expresses diverse points of view, yet sits together with a shared belief in ideas that are functional, familiar and forward thinking.



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