Up on the eighth floor of the newly-opened Ace Hotel on 29th Street lurked one of the nicest surprises of Design Week so far: the clever, topical and sweetly presented McMasterpieces show, curated by former ID Magazine editor Monica Khemsurov.
The pretext, noted earlier here on Core, is pretty straightforward. Each of the 13 designers or studios submitted an item or collection constructed entirely from parts sourced from the McMaster-Carr catalog of industrial materials, with some surprisingly artful and functional results. Presentation was in keeping with the down-to-earth premise, with a list of parts used (complete with catalog numbers) in a single hotel room decorated in Ace's humble, comforting style. Todd Bracher's Stick Lamps, pictured above, are constructed from bent aluminum and steel tubing and LEDs hacked from flashlights; more projects and party photos after the jump.
Above: Kegan and Liz from Designglut; Le Bom's Dropped table; Leon Ransmeier's space heater; Jason Miller's candle holder (cast from Plaster of Paris in a traffic cone); origami catalog pages by Lindsey Adelman; a "superconductive" table of copper tubing and glass.