For our latest 80s disco carpet mood board, we took inspiration from the interior of Studio 54, 1977-81. Originally, the New York building functioned as an opera house when it opened in 1927. For the next 15 years, it operated as multiple entertainment spaces, before becoming a TV station for CBS in 1942. At the peak of the disco era in the late 70s and 80s, a nightclub then opened in the venue. Co-founded by Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, the nightclub at Studio 54 became infamous across the globe, drawing many celebrities through its doors.
The interior of the 1977 disco club was designed by Ron Doud, whereas Brian Thomson took charge of the lighting design. Together, the two made an eclectic space filled with character and personality. Keeping the space’s original 1927 architecture and theatrical structure, Doud added red tiled dancefloor-style squares to the walls. The funky image at the far of the room in bright multicolors depicted an abstract image of people dancing. The print is playful and intertwining, much like the real-life dancers below bopping to the disco beats. Thomson’s lighting design is also crucial in the design. He placed lighting from the floors, ceilings, and walls for a true 360-degree immersive experience.
Although the club shut down in the 1980s, the interior is still one of the best examples of 80s disco club design. Taking this as inspiration for our 80s carpet mood board, we recolored the Grainy Crystal pattern by Ege Carpets. In line with the pink and blue hues seen in Studio 54, we opted for similar tones for the print. We love the graphic and angular shapes, representing the light shining and reflecting around the club. In the same way that lighting plays a focal point in Studio 54’s interior, the same is true with this mood board. By using this 80s carpet as our backdrop, it surrounds and engulfs all other elements in the space.
On top of this, we started by layering A Band Apart by Sarah Morris. This material is in similar tones pink and blue tones as used in our 80s carpet backdrop. However, the addition of more vibrant red, white, and black adds depth and dimension. We then selected Heathrowe by Justin David Textiles for its square checkered design. The walls of Studio 54 feature red squares from the dancefloor, which is mirrored in this textile. Chevron Fracture Panels and Screens by Acoufelt have a distinct repetitive and rhythmic feel, almost like soundwaves. As such, the use of this material links the design to not only the visual elements of Studio 54 but also the sounds club-goers heard at the venue.
To finish off, we added the CU Later Artwork by Decorative Ceiling Tiles and Breccia Vino by Artistic Tile. These were combined with Timeon and Eternal Velvet by Jab, two fabrics that add an element of softness to the palette. The final touch is the Claridge Glass by Claridge. For this material, we chose a transparent purple tone. As the other colors used in the mood board are all pink, blue, or red, purple overlays each of these seamlessly without detracting or overpowering the other materials.
To create the perfect interior palette for your design project, why not try our Easy Recolor Program? Just as we have recolored the Grainy Crystal print to transform it into an 80s carpet, you can do the same with any of our carpet patterns in this concept. You have the choice of nine carpet substrates and can visualize your final creation online using our advanced tools. If you are interested in our Easy Recolor Program, contact the team today who will be happy to help.
Grainy Crystal RECOLORED by ege carpets
CU Later Artwork by Decorative Ceiling Tiles
Breccia Vino by Artistic Tile
Heathrowe by Justin David Textiles
Timeon by JAB
Eternal Velvet by JAB
Chevron Fracture Panels and Screens by Acoufelt
Claridge Glass by Claridge
A Band Apart by Sarah Morris by Maharam