Famous teams have offered creators the perfect pulpit to design fantasy environs, 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 snorting” Man and the Spoon” aspect that would pitch from the ceiling when required, there were batches of cash in the back chamber, unisex lavatories and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a horse on the dancefloor led by a naked husband covered in golden glitter.
The key happen about Studio 54, which features in a brand-new show about world-wide guild culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fantasy home to act as backdrop for the appalling dress and theatre of the working party goers- such as when four million tonnes glisten were descent 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 investigated the rise of the idea that you don’t design a nightclub, you make the negligible pattern parts 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 opening- truly the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are stimulated through igniting and sound, psychotropic narcotics and parties .”
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