Silencio Paris

I have the feeling that I have coaxed out some of the atmosphere and the characters from my films, and even from my music. Silencio is something dear to me. I wanted to create an intimate space where all the arts could come together. There won’t be a Warhol-like guru, but it will be open to celebrated artists of all disciplines to come here to program or create what they want. ~David Lynch

David Keith Lynch

“I’m 65 years old. They say that when men go into their 50’s they dream of building gigantic towers to prove their virility. I have directed films, composed music, made all sorts of objects, works that had a beginning and an end. Now I want to make something solid. First, I started with painting. For the last three years I have been working in a lithographic studio in Montparnasse that Picasso and Miró used, drawing on the same stones where they painted. Then I started working on Silencio, which has taken the last two years. Looking at what we have done, I feel myself almost immortal.” -David Lynch

Okay, all of my Parisian (nightlife) dreams have come true. This week, director David Lynch, with owner Arnaud Frisch, the man behind popular Parisian nightclub the Social Club and music label Savoir Faire, opened the ‘Mulholland Drive’ themed haunt called “Silencio.” A 1920s-like Parisian salon, which includes a concert hall, restaurant, library, and cinema. All reserved for an exceedingly exclusive clientele composed of an international who’s who of artistic professionals. Only members will be allowed to attend nightly events such as movie premieres, concerts, and literary conferences before Club Silencio opens its doors at midnight to a non-member, but still very elite and carefully selected Parisian crowd.


Silencio, exterior, 2011, Paris, France


David Lynch, Mulholland Drive, 2001, Film Still

The hitherto fictional night-spot was the setting for a key scene in Lynch’s 2001 masterpiece Mulholland Drive, hailed by critics as one of Lynch’s finest films. Mulholland Drive charts the adventures of a young Hollywood starlet and an amnesiac femme fatale. Their journey leads them behind the red velvet drapes at ‘Club Silencio’, where they are assured that a multitude of mysteries -the significance of the blue key, the whereabouts of Aunt Ruth- will be explained. Silencio being a liminal, occult-charged zone wherein Naomi Watts and Laura Harring’s characters learn a little something about the art of illusion from a sinister, moustachioed compere, then experience emotional release witnessing Rebecca Del Rio’s breathtaking Spanish rendition of Roy Orbison’s “Crying”, before finding the blue key that will help unlock the secret of their confused identities -well, sort of.

Part old-school cabaret, part metaphysical threshold, Silencio is a truly memorable construct. And so is the real-world incarnation in Paris where everything from the toilet bowls -black on black- to the saltiness of the nuts on the bar have been decided on by the master. Personally sculpting the interior and designing the furniture to “induce and sustain a specific state of alertness and openness to the unknown.” The space also includes a ‘Buddhist cocktail bar’,’bijoux cinema’, ‘dream forest’, and a ‘golden tunnel of mini-mandalas’. Quite Lynchian.


Furniture designed by David Lynch in collaboration with designer Raphael Navot


Furniture designed by David Lynch in collaboration with designer Raphael Navot

Silencio, interior, 2011, Paris, France


Silencio, interior, 2011, Paris, France


David Lynch is the Renaissance male of complicated American filmmaking, a multi-faceted and enormously prolific creative powerhouse, an acclaimed and at large important writer/director as well as radio producer, professor of film, painter, photographer, cartoonist, composer, musician, and striking artisan -furniture designer and the like. Walking the tightrope between the mainstream and the fashionable with conspicuous skill, Lynch brings to the shade a curious, dim and unfortunate perspective of reality, a calamity world punctuated by defining moments of impassioned violence, obscure comedy, magnified realism, and bizarre beauty. More than any alternative arthouse filmmaker of his era, he has enjoyed substantial mass acceptance and has helped to redefine blurb tastes, honing a surrealistic culture so idealist and deeply personal that the word ‘Lynchian’ was coined simply to report it.