Famous associations have offered masters the perfect pulpit to design fantasy environs, adds Chris Hall
Caligula hurling 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 would tumble from the ceiling when required, there used to be slews of cash in the back room, unisex bathrooms and stunts like Bianca Jagger travelling a horse on the dancefloor led by a naked man covered in golden glitter.
The key concept about Studio 54, which features in a brand-new exhibition about global team culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fiction context to act as backdrop for the abominable clothings and theatre of the party goers- such as when four million tonnes shimmer were descent 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 motif a nightclub, you fetch the negligible layout constituents to make a nightclub ,” enunciates Catharine Rossi, a motif historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical seat- really the nightclub is just a receptacle. Clubs are stirred through illuminating and sound, psychotropic drugs and beings .”
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