Vitra Design Museum: Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 - today (© photo: Laser Lake Observatory, Phoenix, AZ, 2017)
ive into the sixties with pop music, psychedelic lights and disco design, right through to the present day. So, Vitra opens flings open the doors to the nightclubs with the exhibition Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 - today.
The Vitra Design Museum puts on display the first exhibition on nightclubs and discos: vintage photos, memorabilia, flayers, installations with lights and music (such as the one by the designer and coordinator of the event Costantin Grcic and the lighting designer Matthias Singer) as well as reconstructions of the legendary dance floors, showing a new side to design, vibrant and full of rhythm.
Vitra offers a look inside the iconic temples of entertainment and helps us relive the beginning of nightlife: the multifunctional Piper in Turin decorated with modular furniture, the Palladium, famous in New York in the seventies, decorated by Keith Haring, Studio 54 the iconic nightclub of the Big Apple and the Ministry of Sound, the old disused garage that soon became the favoured stomping ground of London ravers.
The exhibition coordinators explain that nightclubs and discos were at the forefront of a change in social life. And it’s no coincidence that precisely during the sixties, set design became a crucial part of the disco scene, supporting the growth of this new culture with a combination of interior architecture, original furniture (often by well-known architects and designers), graphic design, art, fashion and performance art.
Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – today is the first exhibition that looks at the history of contemporary design under disco lights and it takes us right to the centre of pop-culture, radical design and its more recent developments.
Where: Vitra Design Museum, 2 Charles-Eames-Straße, Weil am Rhein, Germany
When: 17 March – 9 September 2018