There are vacations you take to relax and vacations you take to experience something new. Paris accomodates tourists looking for either variety. But if you choose to stay in suite 111 of Paris's opulent Hotel Lutetia, be wary of the not-quite-standard-issue curiosities that come with a room furnished by filmmaker (and painter) David Lynch.
Having recently completed a two-year project designing Club Silencio, a gold-smattered Parisian nightclub inspired by the same-named venue from his 2001 film "Mulholland Drive," Lynch has returned to Paris to assemble a more intimate ode to the City of Light, in the form of a luxurious suite in the historic Lutetia. Visitors staying in the "David Lynch Signature Suite" will find walls decorated with lithographs, drawings, and watercolors by Lynch himself, who spent days working in a Montparnasse studio with presses once used by the likes of Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, Miro, and Chagall. Lynch's abstract imagery distorts the suite’s elegant, Art Deco interior, instilling the same sense of disorientation that is a hallmark of his filmmaking. Plug in some discordant piano music, and we're sure you'll have trouble getting to sleep (that is if the $1,200 per night rate hasn't left you sleepless already).
The room, despite its more disquieting features, is first and foremost a love letter to Paris. The books, lithographs, and sculptures left behind by Lynch reflect the frenzied creativity of an artist enamored with a city. "Paris is just the most incredible place of mood and dreams," Lynch says in a video interview with the hotel. "Every single thing the French do, I say, is an art form." Lynch even revels in his patently French morning routine at Lutetia, which involves having a café au lait and cigarettes on the balcony. It's a far cry from the customary black coffee and cherry pie enjoyed by visitors to Lynch's "Twin Peaks," but then again this is the Lutetia, not the Great Northern Hotel.