Last we saw filmmaker, artist, sculptor, and all-around polymath David Lynch, he had just completed a vintage nightclub-cum-salon in Paris, named Club Silencio after its fictional counterpart in "Mulholland Drive." Lynch, who spent two years working on Silencio, drew much inspiration from the city's storied cafes, art galleries, and other cultural venues in creating his design, which featured ornate gold leaf vaults, reflective finishes, marbled counter tops, and thematic rooms, including a "dream forest" and a "Buddhist cocktail bar".
Lynch stayed on in Paris after "discovering" a Montparnasse printing shop that once was used by Picasso, Giacometti, Matisse, Miro, Chagall, among other celebrated luminaries. There, the filmmaker embarked on a stretch of lithographs, many of which have been collected and displayed at the nearby Hôtel Lutetia in the $1200-a-night "David Lynch Signature Suite". A regular at the historic hotel, Lynch usually lodged at the first-floor (second in France) suite that now bears his name, describing in a video interview how he enjoys breakfasting and smoking on the room's balcony, which overlooks an adjacent garden and opens out the streetlife below.
With the suite's christening, Lynch has decorated the room with several lithographs, watercolors, and photographs inspired by his long stays in the French capital.Yet, while the artwork, with its scrawled lines, abstract symbols, and encrypted messages, bears the hallmark touches of its maker, one would expect the atmosphere to be, well, moodier. The room itself is positively plush, characterized with Art Deco flourishes, from richly textured sofas and chairs to ubiquitous molding and polished knickknacks that are at odds with Lynch's dark subjects. But this subtle juxtaposition is in keeping with the tone of Lynch's films, which project visions of normalcy that become subverted and slowly consumed by the underlying ugliness that pervades all matter.