Ever wanted to bring the party home? Well, now you can.
And you don’t even need an app.
The design world is having a major disco moment. One of the year’s hottest exhibitions is “Night Fever: Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today” at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany (through September 9), a celebration of nightclub creativity and culture from Piper in Turin in the ’60s, to NYC’s Studio 54 in the ’70s, to The Hacienda in Manchester in the ’80s, to Rem Koolhaas’ proposal for a new Ministry of Sound in London today.
Tastemakers are looking back fondly at Halston and Italy’s Radical Design movement, and the result is a bumper crop of club-centric furnishings that’ll help you transform your crib into a Boogie Wonderland.
Leading the charge is Gufram, the Italian furniture maker whose iconic Pop Art-inspired designs, such as the lip-shaped Bocca sofa and Cactus coatrack, have always been way out. Last month at Europe’s premiere furniture fair, Salone del Mobile in Milan, the company introduced its latest collection, Disco Gufram, a collaboration with three up-and-coming design studios.
Dutch duo Robin Stam and Joeri Horstink of Rotganzen dreamed up the After Party line of minimalist lacquered cabinets and coffee tables, each topped with a mirror ball that appears to be melting. Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassari of Milan’s Atelier Biagetti updated five pieces from Gufram’s archive, including the modular (and tubular) Jimmy sofa, which they decked out in a spill-friendly gold pleather. And Gaëlle Gabillet and Stéphane Villard of Paris’ GGSV unveiled their Dance Floor line of carpets with bold, geometric designs.
I think I’ll take one of each. So, if you’re looking for the party, you can ring my bell.