Interiors by David Lynch. A Thinking Room - Courtesy of Salone del Mobile.

Interiors by David Lynch. A Thinking Room – All photos courtesy of Salone del Mobile.

Design – David Lynch, the renowned director behind cinematic masterpieces like Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Dune (1984), and Mulholland Drive, extends a unique invitation to Salone del Mobile visitors. His enigmatic installation, a journey into the depths of the subconscious, offers a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience. The installation features two mirrored ‘thinking rooms’, symbolic portals that transport visitors from the bustling fair into a surreal and immersive space.

Interiors by David Lynch. A Thinking Room - Courtesy of Salone del Mobile.

Each room is wrapped in a blue velvet curtain, reminiscent of his famous movie. In the middle, there’s a chair— “Just calling it a chair doesn’t really do it justice because it’s a huge wooden armchair above which there are brass pipes,” explains Antonio Monda, curator of the exhibition, created in collaboration with set builders at Milan’s Piccolo Teatro.

Interiors by David Lynch. A Thinking Room - Courtesy of Salone del Mobile.

The seat seems to be connected to a gilded structure above, resembling a pipe organ. Are they an expansion of the thoughts of sitters, or—vice versa—is the enigmatic energy of the environment flowing into the visitor’s mind? On the sides of the room are unexpected niches with odd images, such as a cow carcass or a timer counting down seconds to… What? That is up to the visitor, we guess.

Interiors by David Lynch. A Thinking Room - Courtesy of Salone del Mobile.

Once commissioned by Salone del Mobile to work on a cinematic installation, Antonio Monda, a film professor at New York University and former artistic director of the Rome Film Festival, said he contacted David Lynch after discovering his passion for furniture making. “I found him polishing a desk. I asked him, what are you doing? And he told me he designs furniture now.”

Interiors by David Lynch. A Thinking Room - Courtesy of Salone del Mobile.

The filmmaker and former art student, who was fascinated by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is familiar with design. Indeed, he is a skilled carpenter who has been designing and making his own furniture for many years, both for his own use and for the sets of his films. In 2011, Lynch was involved in the project for the Parisian nightclub Silencio, inspired by the surreal theatre in his 2001 movie Mulholland Drive.

Interiors by David Lynch. A Thinking Room is located at Pavilions 5 and 7 in the Rho Fiera from 16 to 21 April 2024

  • All photos courtesy of Salone del Mobile. Video: Silencio theatre scene from Mulholland Drive by David Lynch.

Interiors by David Lynch. A Thinking Room - Courtesy of Salone del Mobile.