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Creating the’ decadent twilight world-wide’ of nightclubs

Famous societies have offered masters the perfect programme to design fantasy media, 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 snort” Man and the Spoon” boast that would descend from the ceiling when required, there were batches of cash in the back chamber, unisex showers and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a mare on the dancefloor led by a naked soldier covered in gold glitter.

The key thing about Studio 54, which features in a brand-new show about world society culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fantasy milieu to act as backdrop for the outrageous outfits and theatre of the party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were sagged 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 envisioned the increase of the idea that you don’t design a nightclub, you raising the negligible intend factors 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- actually the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are made through igniting and sound, psychotropic pharmaceuticals and people .”

A situate to crash: Manchester’s post-industrial Hacienda with hazard-marking stripes on the pillars. Photograph: Courtesy of Ben Kelly

A new stage set would induce a new persona.” Historically, nightclubs have served as infinites for freedom of expression and safe cavities because they’re obstructed ,” says Rossi.” They’re obscure from daytime criteria and premises about behaviour and identity. At nighttime we can try out different identities .”

Playing with personas was something Andy Warhol was drawn to at Studio 54, where he would document this emerging culture with its transformative possibilities. The team had a door policy where merely celebrities and the beautiful or unconventional were allowed in- those seeking their 15 minutes of fame. This was a surreal, decadent, autumn world-wide and whether it was Truman Capote, Debbie Harry, Grace Jones or Andy Warhol, it was mutually beneficial, the golf-club burnishing their portrait and vice versa.

The exhibition will be crammed with a fascinating wealth of design detail to go with the photographs and patterns- interior furnishings, igniting, book design, way, and the graphics of flyers and postings. One of the exhibition rooms will be given to a sound and igniting installation, without fairly being a mock-up of a nightclub.” If you’re going to do an exhibition about nightclubs ,” shows Rossi,” then elements like feeling and event are key parts of the design of the rooms and how that design is depleted or suffered .”

Staying cool: the Philippe Starck-designed Les Bains Douches in Paris. Photograph: Foc Kan

In the 70 s and 80 s, New York teams, such as Area, Club 57, the Mudd Club, Paradise Garage and the Palladium, offered a inventive stage to masters. Nightclubs became galleries. Keith Haring designed flyers and requests, ordered exhibits and installations, and painted a huge mural inside the Palladium. His canvas was also the human body, coating Grace Jones with his signature kinetic sucks for a live concert at Paradise Garage in New York in 1985.

Another legendary golf-club that features heavily in the exhibition is the Hacienda in Manchester, with its innovative post-industrial design.” Nightclubs have advanced in line with the changing nature of our cities ,” says Rossi.” In the 1980 s for example, the post-industrial city led to the opening up of openings from warehouses to plants .” Whereas Studio 54 was about exclusivity and debasement, the Hacienda was about inclusivity and a different kind of escapism. In short, it was the difference between cocaine and ecstasy.

Ben Kelly, who designed the Hacienda, says that it seemed logical to him to use the visual expression of plant interiors given that it was a former yacht showroom and had an industrial feel.” There was a line of articles guiding through the seat, which unavoidably would be hazardous where people were sucking and dancing. I introduced stripes normally used as hazard markers in the workplace on the editorials in the nightclub, and yellow-and-black stripes on to the riser of the stage. There was another safety issue getting on and off the grown dance flooring, so I utilized roadside bollards and place cat’s eyes into the concrete floor. The industrial communication progressed through practical reasons .”

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