Famous teams have offered masters the perfect stage to design fantasy media, 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 snorting” Man and the Spoon” facet that they are able to tumble from the ceiling when required, there used mounds of cash in the back area, unisex showers and stunts like Bianca Jagger razzing a pony on the dancefloor led by a naked serviceman covered in golden glitter.
The key concept about Studio 54, which features in a new exhibit about world-wide squad culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fantasy medium to act as backdrop for the outrageous outfits and theatre of the working party goers- such as when four tonnes of glint were drooped from the club’s ceiling on New Year’s Eve or when the fashion designer Valentino had a circus-themed birthday defendant 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 accompanied the negligible designing constituents 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 opening- truly the nightclub is just a receptacle. Clubs are realized through illuminating and sound, psychotropic stimulants and people .”
Read more: www.theguardian.com