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Russian doll production designer influenced by David Lynch

While the first season of Russian doll followed by Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) reliving the same day, season two lets audiences watch her travel through time through a subway car. Not only does Nadia find herself in 1982, but she is also in someone else’s body: that of Lenora (Chloë Sevigny), her pregnant mother. This forces Nadia to reevaluate her relationship with her mother.

Speaking to Variety, production designer Diane Lederman, who took over from Michael Bricker, explained what inspired her while creating Russian dollThe sets of the 1980s for the new season:

“Season 2’s look is influenced by many films and authors from the 70s and 80s cinema, David Lynch being one of the most important. While looking for a hook for this set, I happened to revisit “Blue Velvet. This apartment in this film is iconic of the 1980s, without being too kitschy, a perfect reference for our period style,” Lederman said.

Lederman relied on rich, dark colors for a vintage aesthetic. She found the most fun designing Lenora’s pink and black bathroom and made sure to fill the apartment with objects that gave insight into the character’s personality:


“We added exaggerated 80s decor, like the white dolphin figure, the black lacquer and glass coffee table and the brass fan above the bed, to support the idea that Nora is spending money lightly,” Lederman said. Variety.

Season two of Russian doll is currently streaming on Netflix. The well-received comedy-drama stars Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Elizabeth Ashley and Chloë Sevigny. Russian doll was created by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler.

The distinctive style of David Lynch

David Lynch is a filmmaker, painter, visual artist, actor, musician and writer. Before turning to cinema in the 1960s, Lynch studied painting. He has become well known for his visual style, which relies heavily on surreal elements. He cited expressionist painter Francis Bacon and realist painter Edward Hopper as inspirations.

Lynch’s first feature film was in 1977. eraser head, a cult surreal horror film. Lynch’s films and television series tend to include commonalities, including elements of surrealism and dreamlike locations, eccentric characters, and violent activity. blue velvetreleased in 1986, remains in line with these themes.

Lynch teamed up with Mark Frost for his television debut in 1990 for twin peaks. The murder mystery follows characters living in Twin Peaks, Washington, and FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper as he tries to unlock the town’s secrets. Lynch recently worked on Twin Peaks: The Return, continuation of the series. The 18-episode limited series was released in 2017 on Showtime.

Lynch posted room to dream, a biography-memoir, in June 2018.

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