Castor Design’s Modern Oil Lamp

Sometime in your life you’ve probably seen an oil lamp, even if you weren’t around when people actually used them all the time—you know, “back in the day”. They’re traditionally very, well, traditional looking with shiny brass details and wavy, ruffled-looking glass. Castor Design has revamped the oil lamp for modern times by stripping away all unnecessary adornment and leaving a simple cylindrical shape that has a black chrome finish. The design was created in partnership with Harnisch Lamps, the oldest gas lamp manufacturer in Canada.


Castor decided they wanted to make a lamp that would stand the test of time. Oil lamps normally last way longer than today’s plug-in variety due to not having wiring. The oil lamp also outlasts candles, which burn down destroying the original design.


Photos by Peter Andrew.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.