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Caligula throwing “states parties ” ,” 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” boast that they are able to pitch from the ceiling where needed, there were pilings of cash in the back room, unisex showers and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a pony on the dancefloor is presided over by a naked husband covered in gold glitter.
The key thing about Studio 54, which is available in a new expo about world-wide team culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different imagination context to act as backdrop for the outrageous costumes and theatre of the party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were declined 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 verified the rise of the idea that you don’t intend a nightclub, you delivering the negligible designing factors to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a design historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical room- actually the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are made through lighting and sound, psychotropic narcotics and people .”
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