Famous squads have offered creators the perfect programme 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 snorting” Man and the Spoon” peculiarity that they are able to descend from the ceiling when required, there are still stockpiles of cash in the back room, unisex showers and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a mare on the dancefloor led by a naked boy covered in gold glitter.
The key event about Studio 54, which features in a brand-new exhibition about world-wide guild culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different imagination environment to act as backdrop for the outrageous costumes and theatre of the working party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were dropped 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 visualized the increase of the idea that you don’t design a nightclub, you delivering the minimal blueprint constituents to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a motif historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical space- actually the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are made through igniting and sound, psychotropic narcotics and parties .”
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