Friday, 2 November 2012

Tiki Lounge Digital Set Research

After reading The Book of Tiki by Sven A. Kirsten, I feel inspired to create a digital set of a 1950s Tiki lounge.

The construction of a “Hale Tiki” (House of Tiki) was an elaborate undertaking, not only because of the various exotic materials used, but owing to the unusual concepts that were employed to fill the attending Tiki devotees with amazement and delight as they filled themselves with tropical illusions. 

 The preferred architectural concept was that of the A-frame.
 With Eeero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal and Frank Lloyd  Wright’s First Unitarian Church jetting gables became a favourite plaything of modern architects. mirroring the space-age optimism also found in cadillac tail fins.
Haus Tambaran
‘sweeping gable and mask-decorated front, and the ceremonial meeting house’

The Jetsons meet the Flinstones’
 ‘transformed into pagan palaces by the addition of a peaked entrance’

‘Murals of island life and three-dimensional dioramas further enhanced  the illusion of being in a faraway place’

‘gas-fed Tiki torches (sometimes installed as beacons on top of the gables)’


‘entrance often required traversing a bridge crossing a stream fed by a lava rock waterfall.’
 ‘exterior and interior waterfalls that provided a subtly gurgling background’

‘Imposing Tikis flanked the entrance, popped out of jungle foliage, used as support posts and other architectural details’

’Primitive weapons and masks hung on the walls’

‘The interior was a multi-layered environment appealing to all the senses. The various rooms with evocative names like “Black Hole of Calcutta” or “Lounge of the Seven Pleasures” were
constructed from floor-to-celing with exotic woods, bamboo, rattan, Tapa cloth, and other ogranic naturals.

‘while beachcomber lamps and assorted flotsam on the ceiling provided the next layet’

‘black velvet paintings’

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