Famous teams have offered masters the perfect platform to design fantasy situations, says Chris Hall
Caligula hurling a party ,” was how the funk musician Rick James described the famed Studio 54 in New York, which opened in 1977. There was a cocaine snorting” Man and the Spoon” peculiarity that they are able to condescend from the ceiling when required, there used stacks of cash in the back area, unisex bathrooms and stunts like Bianca Jagger travelling a horse on the dancefloor led by a naked humanity contained within golden glitter.
The key thought about Studio 54, which features in a new exhibition about global guild culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fantasy environ to act as backdrop for the appalling attires and theatre of the party goers- such as when four million tonnes glint were put 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 attended the rise of the notion that you don’t blueprint a nightclub, you produce the minimal blueprint parts to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a layout historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical infinite- really the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are prepared through lighting and sound, psychotropic medicines and parties .”
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