More Bathroom Blogfest: clean, simple, 60s

Thanks to the folks at Results Revolution for listing my first Bathroom Blogfest post. They bring up some good points about restrooms as key places where the concept of visitor comfort can be extended or utterly neglected.

Another BB post linked from the same entry is from the Kitchen and Residential Design blog by Paul Anater. He notes that being “stuck in the 60s” (the theme of this year’s BB) isn’t necessarily a bad idea if you’re talking about bathrooms, and provides illustrations of some classic modernist, human-scale bathrooms from the early 60s that look as if they could have been designed today.

In that spirit, here’s a women’s restroom (photos by Beth) from Palazzo Grassi, the just-too-cool museum of minimalist, conceptual, and terminally hip art in Venice, Italy. As I noted in an earlier post, the seating in this museum is lacking, to say the least; but the restooms are clean (literally and design-wise), simple, and classic – completely in keeping with the White Cube look and feel of the museum.




In terms of access for people with mobility problems or in wheelchairs, they are a bit tight, however.


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2 Responses to “More Bathroom Blogfest: clean, simple, 60s”

  1. C.B. Whittemore Says:

    Steve, from the photos of this museum bathroom, I’d say that the museum is also intimate. Despite the minimalist look/feel, I don’t sense any cold institutional quality.

    I love how you weave Marianna’s and Paul’s post.

    Thanks for being part of Bathroom Blogfest 2010!


  2. stevetokar Says:


    Actually, the museum itself is cold and off-putting – five floors of minimalist white rooms with zero seating. The restrooms are the friendliest spaces. Go figure.

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