When Louis Bernard Woeste and William A. Stephens filed a patent for a so-called myriad reflector in 1916, the daybreak of disco was nonetheless a long time away. But their glittering mirror ball—destined for ballrooms, nightclubs, dance pavilions, and skating rinks—was made with revelry in thoughts. Shiny orbs hovered over bandstands internet hosting jazz musicians within the Twenties, twinkled above dancers in Casablanca (1942), and dazzled a membership scene in Some Like It Hot (1959).
By the Nineteen Seventies, when that super-glam, sparkly membership tradition—disco!—ultimately arrived, the mirror ball match proper in, a silvery staple of underground New York dance spots like The Loft, The Gallery, and, later, legendary nightclub Studio 54, the place revelers grooved beneath its disorienting shimmer. (Studio 54’s was made by Omega National Products in Louisville, Kentucky, well-known right now for crafting disco balls for Beyoncé and Madonna.)
“Very simply, you can blur the boundaries of a space,” explains Jochen Eisenbrand, curator of “Night Fever,” a present about membership interiors on the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. “Ceiling, wall, and floor become one—it’s total immersion.”
Disco balls caught round in bars and golf equipment—just some years in the past, AD100 agency ASH NYC hung
a 60-inch dazzler within the Candy Bar at their Detroit resort The Siren. But right now, as interiors expertise a ’70s revival, the disco ball has entered a brand new area: the house.
“It instantly adds drama and play,” explains AD100 designer Kelly Wearstler, who not too long ago collaborated with Dutch artists Rotganzen on a group of surrealistic, disco-ball-esque objets. Meanwhile, author Brooke Metcalfe hung a trio over the kitchen island in her English manse, and AD100 designer Jane Hallworth, for a latest venture, indulged her consumer’s love of the groovy staple by hanging an XL model within the workplace. “Disco balls represent the best of times,” Hallworth muses. “They are making a resurgence because they are joyfully childlike.”