design-is-fine: Interior of the Studio 54, 1977-81. New York. Interior Design: Ron Doud, lighting design: Brian Thomson. More to see: The Nightclub Years © ian schrager company Schrager was the co-owner and co-founder of the Studio 54, together with Steve Rubell. It was originally an Opera House, designed by architect Eugene De Rosa in 1927. They used the space’s original theatrical structure to constantly change the look and feel of the club.