David Lynch: Man of Mysteries
October is my favorite month, hands down. The leaves start to turn color, the air gets a chill in it, and spooky movies become my lullabies. Yeah, I have a soft spot for horror movies, especially when it becomes October. There will be years where there will be lots of new horror movies for me to eat up. There will be others where I find myself cuddling up with, excuse me, a damn fine cup of coffee and a slice of cherry pie to re-watching one of my favorite series, Twin Peaks – my favorite work from David Lynch.
Now, if you’re a fan of cult films/shows like me, you’ve probably seen Twin Peaks. If you haven’t, I highly recommend it for the Halloween season. It’s creepy and mysterious, with a drop of soap opera drama. David Lynch, the creator, is… well… either you love his work or you hate it. But at the very core, you can’t deny his work is stylistic. From his movies such as Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive to his tv series, the world that is creates is uniquely David Lynch.
You may be surprised to find he grew up in a middle-class, white picket fence, suburban family. I know I was. However, Lynch sees the underbelly in every good, suburban neighborhood. It seems to be a recurring theme in his works, especially if you were to compare Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet. His work goes much deeper than that though. His themes play on sexuality, fears, emotions, and unpredictability.
Lynch couldn’t quite settle down in his early adulthood. He attended an art university, dropped out after a couple years. Planned a 3 year trip in Europe, came home after 15 days. Wanted to become a painter, switched to film. This is where things seemed to stick. While, he is still an artist dabbling in all types of media, in college he had an idea of making his paintings move. That’s when he developed the short , Six Men Getting Sick, which is when his niche was found. He literally created a painting and in a stop-motion style, brought his painting to life. It’s easy to see that his painter’s background carried stylistically into his film work when looked at a critical eye.
He had done many shorts in college, but his debut movie was Eraserhead. A surrealistic horror film based around Lynch’s fear of fatherhood, among other darker themes. The movie has been compared to a waking nightmare, where characters are grossly deformed and hallucinations from the main character drive the story forward. To say the least, it was a flop amongst the blockbuster hits, but it became a fore-runner in the midnight movie scene, along with other movies like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Night of the Living Dead. However, critically acclaimed movie directors such as Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick, and Mel Brooks saw the geniusness for what this film really was and hailed it as one of their favorite movies. This was Lynch’s ladder into stardom.
Mel Brooks and his agency came to Lynch after being introduced to Eraserhead and proposed that he direct the film The Elephant Man. To make a long story short, it was a huge success, earning eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Lynch personally. Thus, Lynch’s career was kicked off and he went on to direct and write movies and tv shows until this very day. With an extension to the Twin Peaks series in the works due in 2017, I personally can’t wait to see what is in store next!
Inspired by David Lynch
So what some people may not know is that Lynch is also an interior designer! With the help of Raphael Navot, architectural agency Enia, and light designer Thierry Dreyfus, Lynch has designed a nightclub in Paris called Silencio. Funny enough, this club was inspired by the club, also named Silencio, in Lynch’s 2001 film Mulholland Drive. Walking into this nightclub is like walking into one of his movies or paintings. Lynch’s style is evident in the design of this club, characterized by bold colors and patterns. Silencio has a unique gold and glitz theme that is very 80’s inspired, despite being opened in 2011. Lines and geometric shapes take up the majority of his designs, artwork, and the interiors in his films when compared side by side.
In the spirit of David Lynch, I decided to get really creative when it came to the design of the floor. The floors I thought best represented David Lynch was Elesgo Super Gloss Black and Elesgo Super Gloss White, because these floors are BOLD. I couldn’t decide which would be better, so I mixed these two floors to make the final design. These floors are essentially the same, except the colors obviously, as they have the same locking system and are made by the same company. So in the spirit of David Lynch I thought, why not?
While black and white are obvious color themes in Lynch’s designs, so are red and gold. Now, I know installing two different color floors is scary, so you could opt for a large zig-zag rug on top of either the Elesgo Black or Elesgo White. You can then pair it with some patterned pillows to keep your eye moving through the room! Add touches of gold and red to make them really pop, such as the long, red drapes. To show a little love for Lynch’s nightclub without breaking out the gold paint, I opted for a brass, dimpled side table. The final touch is one of David Lynch’s own lithograph print of Twin Peaks to tie the whole room together. When it comes to creating your own Lynch inspired room, I have no idea where it will lead you. But I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.