Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today

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Exhibitions Weil am Rhein, Germany March 17, 2018 - September 9, 2018

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Night Fever at the Vitra Design Museum opens with the 1960s, exploring the emergence of nightclubs as spaces for experimentation with interior design, new media, and alternative lifestyles. The Electric Circus (1967) in New York was designed as a countercultural venue by architect Charles Forberg, and influenced many clubs in Europe, including Space Electronic (1969) in Florence by the collective Gruppo 9999. The 1970s saw the beginnings of Studio 54 (designed by Scott Bromley and Ron Doud), while the 1980s ushered in big London clubs like Blitz and Taboo, and Acid House birthplace The Haçienda (1982). Continuing on through hip Berlin in the 1990s to the early 2000s, this exhibit designed by Konstantin Grcic brings together a wide range of material, from furniture to graphic design, architectural models to art, film and photography to fashion. It takes visitors through a fascinating nocturnal world that provides a vital contrast to the rules and routines of our everyday life.

 

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