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Diane, spoiler Alert: THERE WILL BE NO SPOILER ALERTS IN THIS POST. We’re more concerned with “Where do I get that lamp?” than “Who killed Laura Palmer?”. I’ve identified some themes of the sets in hopes to deciefer a code to unlock the secrets buried within David Lynch’s masterpiece. Perhaps through deconstructing it’s decor we can better understand the mysteries of Twin Peaks…or maybe we’ll just get hungry for pie.
“Oh, Diane I almost forgot. I got to find out what kind of trees these are. They’re really something.”
Trees, lumber and nature all play a huge role in Twin Peaks. The opening credits are of a bird singing in a forest, then shots of a lumber mill, sawing and destroying wood. Things natural and unnatural are always intersecting in Twin Peaks. Some of my favorite and most blatant uses of this theme are in the hotel. The style of the Native Americans of the Northwest serves as the backdrop for crooked businessmen trying to lure visiting Norwegians into a bad business deal in the first episode. Then of course, there is the log lady.
A woman in tune with nature who receives messages from her log. There is a constant struggle of worlds and dimensions in Twin Peaks. Perhaps David Lynch used natural elements in so many of the interiors on the show to represent this struggle. Man’s ever losing battle to conquer nature. Or maybe, like me, he had fond memories of the wood paneled basements of his childhood and was trying to get back to that place.
Another important element in Twin Peaks that is apparent in the decor as well as the dialogue is the use of kitsch. Although Twin Peaks is a modern setting (we think, a year is never given by agent Cooper in his opening speech. WHAT DOES IT MEAN???) the characters use outdated expressions and seem to dress and act as if from an earlier, simpler time. We can see this reflected in much the decor, of course most notably at the Double R Diner. I love the lighting that’s over the bar. It looks like what people in the fifties thought all lighting in the future would be like.
Dream Sequences and Chevron
David Lynch admits Twin Peaks is sort of a dream world, that it lives outside a reality yet still has rules. Information behind the mystery of who killed Laura Palmer is given in these dream sequences but it must be done in a specific way and in a specific place. The curtains and classic works of art are reminiscent of surrealist paintings. The red curtains give it a sinister feel, or is it a womb like feel? Taking us back to our earliest moments of life. There seem to be no rules of time or space in this dream sequence set. Furniture and characters come and go as easily as the mist. I have no theories on why there is a chevron floor in the dream sequences. All I know is we here at krrb are crazy about chevron!
I love the character of Nadine and her obsession to make and patent the world’s first silent drape runners. This does not actually represent a large overarching theme within Twin Peaks but what kind of decor blog would this be if we didn’t at least mention them? And look! There are drapes available on krrb.com!
No one can unravel all of the mysteries within Twin Peaks and its two seasons of twists and turns, but who would want to? It is the mystery that keeps us coming back. Perhaps not all secrets need to be discovered. Perhaps they are there to keep us intrigued and searching, ever searching for an incomprehensible truth. And it seems the only way to cope with this unbearable realization is to have a slice of cherry pie and another cup of coffee. That’s a damn fine cup of coffee.