Famous teams have offered creators the perfect platform to design fantasy environments, says Chris Hall
Caligula throwing “states parties ” ,” was how the funk musician Rick James described the famous Studio 54 in New York, which opened in 1977. There was a cocaine snort” Man and the Spoon” feature that they are able to condescend from the ceiling when required, there are still piles of cash in the back area, unisex bathrooms and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a horse on the dancefloor led by a naked man covered in gold glitter.
The key thing about Studio 54, which is available in a new exhibition about world-wide society culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fantasize environment to act as backdrop for the outrageous costumes and theatre of the party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were descent 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 determined the rise of the idea that you don’t design a nightclub, you creating the negligible layout points to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a pattern historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical infinite- truly the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are made through lighting and sound, psychotropic stimulants and beings .”
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