Famous associations have offered creators the perfect pulpit to design fantasy environments, says Chris Hall
Caligula throwing a party ,” 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 descend from the ceiling when required, there were heaps of cash in the back chamber, unisex lavatories and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a horse 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 exhibit about world team culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fiction environment to act as backdrop for the outrageous attires and theatre of the working party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were stopped 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 realise the rise of the idea that you don’t motif a nightclub, you bring the minimal blueprint factors to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a blueprint historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical room- actually the nightclub is just a receptacle. Clubs are made through lighting and sound, psychotropic medicines and beings .”
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