Famous squads have offered artists the perfect programme to design fantasy environs, says Chris Hall
Caligula throwing “states parties ” ,” was how the funk musician Rick James described the famed Studio 54 in New York, which opened in 1977. There was a cocaine snorting” Man and the Spoon” peculiarity that they are able to tumble from the ceiling when required, there were heaps of cash in the back chamber, unisex bathrooms and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a mare on the dancefloor led by a naked human covered in gold glitter.
The key thing about Studio 54, which is available in a brand-new exhibition about global squad culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fantasize situation to act as backdrop for the outrageous outfits and theatre of the working party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were lowered from the club’s ceiling on New Year’s Eve or when the fashion designer Valentino had a circus-themed birthday party with sand and mermaids on trapezes.
” The 60 s and 70 s ensure the rise of the idea that you don’t design a nightclub, you wreaking the negligible design parts to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a intend historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical seat- genuinely the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are made through illuminating and sound, psychotropic doses and parties .”
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