Famous clubs have offered masters the perfect stage to design fantasy homes, says Chris Hall
Caligula throwing a party ,” was how the funk musician Rick James described the legendary Studio 54 in New York, which opened in 1977. There was a cocaine snort” Man and the Spoon” boast that they are able to descend from the ceiling where needed, there is indeed pilings of cash in the back chamber, unisex showers and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a horse on the dancefloor led by a naked husband covered in gold glitter.
The key thing about Studio 54, which features in a new exhibit about world team culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fantasize situation to act as backdrop for the outrageous dress and theatre of the working party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were plummeted 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 experienced the rise of the idea that you don’t blueprint a nightclub, you returning the minimal motif factors to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a motif historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical infinite- genuinely the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are made through illuminating and sound, psychotropic stimulants and people .”
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