Designers get paid to think about what the rest of us take for granted, so now that you’ve spent another winter with that clanking, hissing hunk of metal under the window, here’s a chance to check out some possible alternatives. Yes, I mean radiators—on display in this wonderful little exhibit of slick, modernist designs, most of them European, and all with a sculptural presence. They include Francesco Lucchese’s pink doughnut, which might have come off Kubrick’s set for 2001; a few works that resemble Ellsworth Kelly paintings in 3-D; a wall panel that also heats removable satin pillows; and Stefano Ragaini’s version of the garden hose, a flexible steel tube you can drag anywhere. Hot water has never looked so cool.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. Starts: March 25. Continues through May 17, 2009