Famous associations have offered masters the perfect platform to design fantasy environments, says Chris Hall
Caligula throwing 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” aspect that they are able to condescend from the ceiling where needed, there were stockpiles of cash in the back area, unisex showers and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a horse on the dancefloor is presided over by a naked follower covered in gold glitter.
The key thing about Studio 54, which features in a new show about world-wide team culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fiction situation to act as backdrop for the outrageous attires and theatre of the working party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were plunged 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 rise of the idea that you don’t blueprint a nightclub, you fetching the negligible layout components to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a designing historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical opening- certainly the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are made through igniting and sound, psychotropic drugs and beings .”
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