Famous teams have offered masters the perfect stage to design fantasy environments, says Chris Hall
Caligula throwing “states parties ” ,” was how the funk musician Rick James described the legendary Studio 54 in New York, which opened in 1977. There was a cocaine snort” Man and the Spoon” peculiarity that would descend from the ceiling where needed, there are still slews of cash in the back area, unisex showers and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a pony on the dancefloor is presided over by a naked man covered in gold glitter.
The key thing about Studio 54, which features in a brand-new exhibition about world fraternity culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fiction environment to act as backdrop for the outrageous clothings and theatre of the party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were descent 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 insured the rise of the idea that you don’t design a nightclub, you making the negligible blueprint constituents to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a layout historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical seat- truly the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are made through illuminating and sound, psychotropic medications and parties .”
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