Famous sororities have offered masters the perfect stage to design fantasy environments, says Chris Hall
Caligula throwing 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 snort” Man and the Spoon” feature that would pitch from the ceiling when required, there are still batches of cash in the back room, unisex bathrooms and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a horse on the dancefloor is presided over by a naked mortal covered in gold glitter.
The key thing about Studio 54, which features in a new exhibit about world association culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fantasy environment to act as backdrop for the outrageous dress and theatre of the working party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were discontinued 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 understood the increase of the relevant recommendations that you don’t design a nightclub, you wreaking the negligible design points to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a intend historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical seat- genuinely the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are made through igniting and sound, psychotropic narcotics and people .”
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