French Toast loves - Twin Peaks
Let’s be honest, we all have our crazy obsessions. Eating peanutbutter sandwiches for weeks in a row till you can’t see any brown liquids anymore, listening to your favorite song on repeat till you are seriously suffering from a chronic earwurm or spending hours on instagram to stalk this cute actor you are heavily crushing on. Sounds familiar?
We often have these strange fascinations we’re going nuts with for a certain amount of time. Most of the times, these fascinations have something to do with pretty colors, interesting shapes, inspiring design movements or just are cool from an artistic point of view. To give you guys a little insight to our world of obsessions we decided to write a little story on this blog every month. So come surf with us on our pastel colored brainwaves!
Cuddle up in your comfy red chair and get yourself a cup of ‘damn good coffee’ and some cherry pie, because this months obsession is all about the iconic nineties series: Twin Peaks!
As two enormous Twin Peaks fans we couldn’t help but dedicate this months obsession to the dreamlike, mysterious world of director David Lynch. Next to its eccentric characters and endless plot twists that kept us all hooked to the show, the visual design is for us the main reason why we are so in love with Twin Peaks. The show is extremely stylistic and cinematic, just like all David Lynch work. Not surprising indeed that he is also respected as a painter and visual artist. In every shot and on every set, his distinctive aesthetic shines through, using colour and visual clues to create a complete world which celebrates small town America and constantly suggests that there is something slightly off about it all.
With its carefully crafted aesthetic, Twin Peaks was far ahead for its time back in 1990. It succeeded to translate unease on the tv screen in an incredibly visually appealing way like never before and continues to influence artists of every genre, long after the final TV episode aired.
As two color geeks, we absolutely love the fact that color plays such an important role in this series. Constantly clashing fluorescence and muted brown and soft hues, keeping in mind Lynch words “when the contrast is great, the elements stand out”.
Red, with its obvious meanings of anger, lust and danger, plays a significant part in Twin Peaks’ visual language. The red drapes of the Red Room scenes create this spooky atmosphere, same as laura’s empty red chair in the classroom and of course our personal favourite colour moment in the show, the pink toilets at the school slashed through with a threatening heart-monitor red zig-zag.
Style-wise, Lynch was helped by costume designer Patricia Norris to shape the show into a much-referenced '90s dreamscape. They succeeded to give every character a distinctly memorable and imitable look. Take for example the style of Audrey Horne. Her half schoolgirl, half pin-up look became as much a part of the series as coffee and cherry pie. Known for her tight sweaters, plaided skirts and saddle shoes, Audrey's look remains as iconic today as it was 25 years ago.
Absolutely noteworthy is Josie Packard's style in the series. Unlike the rest of the female leads, she leaned towards a more androgynous, masculine look compared with the super feminine look of Audrey. Sharp suits, short hair and high-waisted trousers – her style still feels just as fresh today. Look at Italy’s favourite it-girl of the moment, Maria Bernard, who is often dressed in masculine shapes.
Another thing that made us fall in love with the series, are its perfectly styled interiors. From the luxurious Red Room in the Black Lodge, with its rich velvet wall hangings and bold monochrome floor, to the rustic interiors of the Great Northern Hotel, to the cheerful retro and rough-around-the-edges Double R, Twin Peaks' interiors are nothing short of iconic. Its sets are not mere backgrounds for the action, but the interiors play a starring role in its storytelling with their mysterious, sometimes creepy vibe and dreamy—or often nightmarish—quality. Certain motifs appear often: wood paneling, rotary phones, crimson lamp shades, and red drapes. Lynch settings make us feel both very nostalgic and very uneasy, a reflection of the themes often present in his work: the dark underbelly of picture-perfect suburbia and the revelation that things are decidedly not what they seem.
Haven’t seen Twin Peaks yet? Go watch, you will love it! As an ode to our favourite TV show, we designed four limited prints of Twin Peaks most iconic imagery. Just like every month, these prints will only be up in March, so don’t hesitate too long and get yourself some of this die-hard fan material.