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Two Architects, One Killer Hardware Boutique

Casson Jane Son Meagan Cassidy Casson Hardware Toronto

Featuring better-than-big-box knobs, hooks, pulls, house numbers and everything in between

By Sara Cunningham

As experienced architect and designer, Megan Cassidy and Jane Son are used to tooling structures right down to their nuts and bolts. So, starting their own hardware business was a natural step for the long-time friends, who often struggled to find distinctive architectural components for their projects. Enter Casson Hardware – a treasure trove of gemlike hardware culled from around the world.

Zenmai Brass Hooks, Casson Hardware Oji Masanori Toronto
Zenmai Brass and Carter S Hooks are both decorative and functional, adding character to any space.

“Our tastes are eclectic, but lean toward the modern and minimal,” says Son of the online boutique’s curios. “And our focus is on the quality and craftsmanship of the materials – we look for what could be heirloom quality pieces.” That includes Shayne Fox’s tumbled bronze knobs produced in Toronto (below), and Oji Masanori’s delicate brass hooks crafted in Japan (above). Both will develop unique patinas – or a “living finish” – over time.

Geo Knob by Shayne Fox available at Casson Hardware Toronto
Geo Knob by Shayne Fox

Pieces with bright colours and simple forms from Good Thing in New York and NakNak, a Taiwanese design collective, put fasteners and doorknobs in the foreground.

Hex Key is a key holder or hook inspired by the ubiquitous hex key tool.
Hex Key is a key holder or hook inspired by the ubiquitous hex key tool.

When asked about reconciling trends with timeless design in their collection, Cassidy says: “Good hardware is never redundant.” Amen. CASSONHARDWARE.COM

Originally published in our This Creative City issue 2018 asShiny Pretty Things”.

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