Famous societies have offered creators the perfect pulpit 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 pitch from the ceiling when required, there is indeed stockpiles of cash in the back room, unisex lavatories and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a horse on the dancefloor to be provided by a naked gentleman covered in gold glitter.
The key thing about Studio 54, which is available in a brand-new expo about global team culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fantasize medium to act as backdrop for the outrageous dress and theatre of the party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were plunged 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 appreciated the rise of the idea that you don’t designing a nightclub, you raising the negligible layout parts to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a designing historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical room- truly the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are made through igniting and sound, psychotropic medicines and beings .”
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