a gold bar and earthy tones are found in the Gold Room at Superstition
The Gold Room: The retro wallpaper’s earth tones balance the Gold Room’s ritzy bar and cocktail tables with brass tulip bases, crafted by a local carpenter, Mockingbird Made.

This Austin Nightclub Embraces Disco Era Design

Since opening last December, Central Austin’s new club, Superstition, has become a veritable hot spot, boasting the city’s largest dance floor, a multi-room VIP experience, and attracting patrons with EDM headliners from Diplo to Justice. Yet the venue’s aesthetics harken to an earlier era of artistic expression: the heyday of disco decadence.

“The client wanted visitors to immediately feel transported to the Studio54 era,” says Austin-based designer Rebekka Glass, owner of boutique firm Casa Metta, who transformed the 12,000-square-foot building (previously vacant for 15 years) into an ornate and provocative masterpiece, where every detail is artfully curated. The club takes its name from Stevie Wonder’s titular song, which, according to co-owner Charles Ferraro of NoCo Hospitality, embodies the alchemic splendor of the seventies.

Comprised of three distinct spaces: the nightclub, a separate cocktail bar, and the mezzanine VIP lounge, the sensorial interiors span two floors and multiple decades of nostalgia. Despite it being her first foray into nightclub design, Glass managed to complete the project in less than 10 months for its New Year’s Eve grand opening, while honoring her clients’ vision for each zone.

Behind the Design of Superstition, Austin’s New Hot Spot

a cascade of disco balls hang from the ceiling of the entrance to Superstition
The entrance: Reminiscent of a catwalk, Superstition makes a grand entrance with 56 disco balls cascading from the 30-foot-high ceiling.

“It had to be Instagram-able, but not kitschy,” Glass recalls. “Because there are multiple spaces to navigate, we were able to combine all the flavors of the 70’s into the nightclub,” explains Glass. “From groovy wallpaper to trippy floors, disco balls to saddle color leather sofas and shag covered walls—we covered all the bases.”

The designer took advantage of the entry hall’s lofty ceilings and 50-foot-long hallway, creating a runway of floor-to-ceiling mirrors to reflect the black-and-white porcelain floor tile’s Art Deco motif. Above, track lighting with 37 colors illuminates clusters of disco balls cascading from the ceiling.

Reflective elements continue in the main club, where a 12-foot mirrored DJ booth is backed by a digital screen framed with rainbow arches. A brass bar faces the stage, which is flanked by gold platforms for performers, the walls covered in red-tinted mirrors which reflect movement throughout the sensual, baroque space. Panels wrapped in acoustic baffling fabric clad the walls behind the stage to enhance the sound in the club and allow conversation to flow naturally elsewhere. Glass customized burgundy sofas in contract-grade, antimicrobial vinyl for the bottle service section with discreet storage drawers, so patrons can safely store their belongings and let loose on the high gloss, gold dance floor.

A secret door covered in Kelly Wearstler’s geometric black and white tile leads to a porcelain-tiled staircase, transporting guests to the second level VIP lounge, which, while still planted firmly in the seventies, is a stark contrast to the glitz below. Walnut-clad walls, kaleidoscopic wallpaper, avocado green velvet upholstery and mod, mustard yellow accents offer a relaxed ambience, akin to a recording studio or midcentury speakeasy. Custom shelves house bric-a-brac which is, as Glass notes, all from the seventies, sourced from a local shop. Pillows made from seventies era, Aztec-print fabric were the result of an late night Etsy purchase on Christmas Eve, less than a week before the grand opening.

a vintage floor lamp next to a green chair in the nook of the VIP lounge at Superstition
The Studio (VIP Lounge): A vintage Maurice Chalvignac drip glaze floor lamp adds warm light to a nook.

A Cocktail Lounge With Custom Details

Midcentury vibes continue in the cocktail lounge, aptly named the Gold Room and inspired by Mad Men, with floor-to-ceiling oak paneling and wall-to-wall carpet. “We were hesitant to use carpet, but it turned out great,” says Glass. “It plays such a key role in making the room feel like you went back in time to the 70’s.” A grand, 21-foot-long bar features a fluted brass base and gold powder-coated top. Glass collaborated with textile artist, Sharon Jane, for the lounge’s custom wavy-print wallpaper, and worked with a local carpenter to build custom cocktail tables with gold tulip bases. Behind the bar, more rainbow arches reveal gold inlays between curved oak, framing glass shelves with a bronze, mirrored backsplash. It’s opulent and elegant, fit for a Texan cattle baron, crypto billionaire, or anyone looking to relax in style.

“We took a sophisticated extraction of the 70’s materiality and iconic style to bring Austin a little taste of an era worth revisiting through a new lens,” Glass affirms.

a gold bar and earthy tones are found in the Gold Room at Superstition
The Gold Room: The retro wallpaper’s earth tones balance the Gold Room’s ritzy bar and cocktail tables with brass tulip bases, crafted by a local carpenter, Mockingbird Made.
records and vintage decor are found in the VIP lounge at this Austin night club
The Studio (VIP Lounge): Shelves are stocked with all hand-picked 70’s records and vintage decor sourced from Austin antique shop Modern Redux and Etsy.
the main nightclub area of Superstition in Austin, decorated with a 1970s vibe
The main nightclub: The main nightclub features a 40-foot brass bar inspired by Studio54, and a mirrored DJ booth is backed by a digital screen framed with rainbow arches, a theme throughout the club’s three zones.
black and white wallcoverings are found in a secret VIP staircase at Superstition, an Austin night club
Secret VIP staircase: The same black and white porcelain tile from the entrance is featured on the secret stairwell, along with wallcoverings inspired by David Bowie’s bold, rockstar style.
black and white wallcoverings meet red tile in a night club bathroom
Bathroom: Even the restroom is an Insta-worthy moment, where bold, black and white wallcoverings coupled with red tiles take cues from David Bowie’s Tokyo Pop portrait.

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