Wednesday, February 15, 2006
The last decade or so has witnessed a virtual explosion of design-y high concept bathrooms popping up in establishments all over the world. And nobody has been more pleased about this bathroom trend than FAB. We have overactive kidneys or a pea-sized bladder depending upon who you ask, and spend an inordinate amount of time waiting in line to pee. As much as we love modern design, we loathe bathroom designers who go overboard and ignore the whole form over function mantra, since, well, you came here to take care of business not admire the scenery. Notwithstanding fussy bathroom fixtures, we do think it's rather nice to do our business in an aesthetically interesting environment. FAB loves herself some bathroom design that doesn't get in the way but still pushes the envelope or tickles her whimsy. Cases in point: the men's room at the Royalton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, the mystery stall doors at Bar 89, the aesthetically pleasurable sinks at Sushi Samba, and on and on and on. Edge Designs is a company run by all women that designs office interiors. They recently had an opportunity to do a project in NYC where the client offered the women of this company a "free hand" in all design aspects. The client was also a company that was run by all female execs. It's nice to see some people still have a sense of humor.