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An aesthetic of disparity: Nigel Coates gives Fellini some beans

Homoerotic classicism gets a techno twist in Nigel Coates’ drawing for Caffè Bongo in Tokyo (1986)

The exterior famously had a plane crashing into it, its wing supporting statues on the interior. The conjunction of aerodynamic modernity and classicism was inspired by La Dolce Vita, and makes explicit an equation made by many Modernists — as in Corb’s comparison of the Parthenon to a sports car, or the Futurist assertion that ‘a roaring motor car is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace’.

This and many more of Nigel Coates’ pioneering drawings are on display at his London studio 14-22 September as part of the London Design Festival

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