Famous clubs have offered creators the perfect platform to design fantasy milieu, 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 snorting” Man and the Spoon” aspect that would condescend from the ceiling where needed, there were piles of cash in the back area, unisex lavatories and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a mare on the dancefloor is presided over by a naked humanity covered in gold glitter.
The key thing about Studio 54, which features in a brand-new exhibition about global golf-club culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fantasize environment to act as backdrop for the outrageous costumes and theatre of the party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were put 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 construed the rise of the idea that you don’t design a nightclub, you accompanying the minimal intend factors to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a blueprint 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 illuminating and sound, psychotropic stimulants and parties .”
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