Scott Hodge


Postmodern Restrooms

May 5, 2005

Yesterday, Frank Bruni wrote an interesting piece in the New York Times on the topic of………ok, it’s not really that big of a deal.  Restrooms.  And specifically, restaurant restrooms.  Interesting read and proof that perhaps some things don’t need to be improved upon. 


8 Responses to “Postmodern Restrooms”

  1. Betsy says:

    Funny. I agree… restrooms should be warm and familiar as well as clean and fresh.

  2. Dane says:

    Wow. I have to admit I would rather go to one of these restrooms mentioned in the article than a communial trough at the local football game.
    However, in speaking with a nurse friend years ago, he mentioned that a person is only able to relieve themselves when they are relaxed. Tant’ too relaxing to think there is a girl in the stall next to me makin’ all that noise… Or listenin’ to my noise… :)

  3. Dane says:

    Let’s just say, I hope “Unisex” bathrooms don’t become the next latest craze in public facilities…

  4. sandy says:

    On our recent roadtrip to the West, I marveled at the vast improvement in public bathrooms. Clean and pleasant! Even the rest areas werent bad. Las Vegas…. one restroom at the Mandalay was nicer than and almost as big as my home! No expense is spared to “wow” you in Vegas! Saw no unisex… oh.. at the Mandalay there was an emergency restroom to use ( unisex) for when the others were being cleaned… saw that at a rest area as well.. how thoughtful!

  5. matt says:

    I saw a program on Travel Channel about top 10 restrooms. They had a lot of the things mentioned, plus 2 way mirrors that overlook the bar while you stand at the urinal and one with video cameras in both restrooms so you can check out the other sex in their bathroom.
    Not so much the modesty issue for me since Deann and I walk the house naked most days, but I’d be more worried about sexual harrasment sorts of problems.

  6. Paughnee says:

    Uh, TMI, Matt. ;-)
    My office building has fully automated bathrooms — the toilets automatically flush, the faucets turn on when you place your hands beneath them, and the paper towels dispense with a wave of the hand.
    The bad thing is I’ve caught myself several times in other (non-automated) bathrooms, holding my hands under the faucet and wondering why the water doesn’t come on. It eventually dawns on me and I quickly look around to see if anyone noticed as I reach up to turn the faucet handle.

  7. harvey says:

    I’m finding McDonalds in the UK have the best toilets. Specifically Brent Cross shopping centre in North London. It’s amazing – I mean talk about classy. They have fresh flowers that smell amazing set against decor that wouldn’t look out of place in Harrods. I couldn’t believe how good it was!

  8. The Newsroom, a restaurant in downtown Minneapolis, has see-thru mirrors; so you can see into ladies room, and vice versa. The stalls and urinals are out of the way, so the only area visible is the sink area; all the same, it seems a little weird.

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