Three years ago, I published a post about quirky bathrooms.
These first two photos was not included. Above is a photo of a woman’s restroom at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo; below is a photo of the men’s room. There are 110 unique guest rooms, each decorated differently to suit many individual tastes…rock rooms, waterfall showers, rock fireplaces, European fixtures, and fine furnishings to name a few. The Caveman Room features rock walls and leopard skin-print sheets on the bed, while the “Pick & Shovel Room” has tractor seats for barstools, a 31-foot leather couch, and sleeps nine.
After the Quirky Bathroom post I have continued with my Quirky Home and Garden project.
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Here and now I present photos of quirky bathrooms that I have found in the three years since the original post. I also include a link to a list of translations of “bathroom” in many languages. Example: լողասենյակ.
Let’s start with a bathroom that is marked by a considerable departure from the conventional or traditional, a bathroom that is far-out.
Lenny Bruce was asked to define far-out. His answer: “Far-out depends on where you are standing.” No matter where you are standing, Robert Fischer is far-out and his house is far-out and this bathroom is far-out.
A bathroom blessed by a pope!
Even better: a bathroom with a Thomas Kincade.
Fischer’s late husband Ed Proffitt bought this Faith Mountain piece for Fischer. This is a good illustration of when kitsch becomes camp.
Christian Tabletop Decoration! Thomas Kinkade Faith Mountain Brings the Passion to Life as Exclusive Religious Decor! – Now, for the first time ever, the Passion of Christ comes alive in this 3-dimensional Christian tabletop decoration, a limited-edition masterpiece inspired by the art of The Painter of Light. The Thomas Kinkade Faith Mountain invites you to witness the historic events of Holy Week, presented in an illuminated collectible treasure of handcrafted religious decor. This dramatic Easter tabletop decoration invites you to follow Christ as He rides into Jerusalem, see His betrayal and trial, and witness His death and triumphant Resurrection – the entire story unfolds in thirteen meticulously detailed scenes with 45 sculptural figures. This amazing recreation of the story of Jesus Christ also makes a wonderful Easter gift, but it is available only from Hawthorne Village and strong demand is expected.
I go back and forth on whether I’d include this in the Hodge Podge Lodge of my dreams. Fischer has a fascination for Kinkade – his huge success, his clientele, and his apparent suicide. He was eager to hear John Storey talk about photographing Kinkade years ago.
Dorrit Geshuri has gone many places and done many things. One things that she has done is to construct a fabulously quirky (dare I say quirktacular?) bathroom.
This utterly awesome ceiling light establishes the theme – cowgirl!
John Storey rocked arty here, didn’t he? Cowgirl quirk reflected!
Harold Adler describes his Art House on Shattuck as a “living room of the Sixties.”
NO! Not that Sixties. The other one.
Lissa Masters made the two bathrooms, and they are fitting to psychedelic Sixties look and feel and vibe of the Art House with one exception – they are clean and orderly, not exactly a requirement at the time.
She used a half of a grapefruit as a stamp on the door.
The second bathroom is larger.
Wow. Again – wow.
Mask-maker and sculptor Arnold Haller’s El Cerrito bathroom:
Next up is the bathroom that was in the house of Linda Mac and Mikee LaBash. Shamanistic performance artist Frank Moore lived in the house with them until his death in 2013. They all collaborated on the bathroom, with LaBash painting the lovely, funny, sexy tiles.
Sad news alert: Linda and Mikee moved to Sacramento and sold the house. The realtor deemed the tiles to be a detriment to the value of the house. They were removed. Linda Mac writes: “The painted tiles came out and are here in a box somewhere. Meanwhile, scans of the painted tiles are framed and hanging in our new bathrooms.” Quirk lives on!
This one is an anonymous Berkeley shower –
Step-down shower doubles as bath, look up to the sky and trees. Magnificent things happened in this plaster palace house – hippies and the Floating Locus Magic Opera Company and yippies and Black Panthers and FBI. And this glorious shower.
Eli Leon was best known as an authority on and collector of quilts, especially African-American-made quilts. He was a Reichian psychologist. He was active in the legal defense of People’s Park in 1969. He was a poster artist. His bathroom? Quirky.
Dick and Beany Wezelman have spent a life traveling to Africa, buying beautiful things in Africa, and sell them out of their home. Their bathroom rocks African-art Quirky.
When I wrote Beany and asked to come shoot her bathroom, Beany wrote: “To me, our bathroom doesn’t look so quirky, but you’re welcome to stop by and judge for yourself. We do have some masks and ethnic textiles on the walls and small artifacts on shelves but that all seems normal to me.” Sorry, this is a quirky bathroom.
Susan Alexander took me to Sebastopol, to the home of “junk artists” Patarick Amiot and Brigitte Laurent. Wow – not one, not two, but three quirky bathrooms. The main bathroom on the first floor:
Up a spiral staircase to a bedroom and tiny bathroom:
And a second bathroom on the main floor:
Marcia Donahue took us on a field trip to San Jose. First stop was the home of Ted Fullwood, a ceramacist and weaver. And an artist who has intricately tiled a lot of his house, including three bathrooms. The first:
And the third:
The second stop was the home and garden of Cevan Forristt. Forristt is a garden designer and lover of Asia and her culture. His garden, house, and bathroom are all informed by Asian art and sensibility.
This is the door to the bathroom. I don’t think that this bathroom door has to worry about a cooler and quirkier bathroom door showing up.
On a trip to Eureka we visited Laurel Skye and her daughter Marley Goldman n a fantastical house in Arcata. Laurel died in July, 2018. She was a flame that burned blue hot her whole life – check out her obituary and my post on her. When she died her spirit, like the spirit of Robinson Jeffers’ hurt hawk, soared: the fierce rush: the night-herons by the flooded river cried fear at its rising. Oh my!
The house was all about tiles and mosaics, and it had two A+ quirky bathrooms.
The first was tile-centric:
Skye described the second first-floor bathroom as steampunk, meaning, I gather, that it incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.
Here at Quirky Berkeley we strive to keep the toilet lid down for photographs.
Not here though. That would destroy the whole point of the thing, wouldn’t it?
I have updated the original post to include these, but who goes back through old posts to see what has been added? As Odysseus said to the Cyclops Polyphemis – nobody.
I showed the draft post to my friend.
He was excited because he had just found a Thomas Kinkade Messenger from Above Angel of Faith for fifty cents at the Oakland Coliseum Flea Market. He didn’t know exactly what he was going to do with it but he was determined to slip it in somewhere in his minimalist Danish modern quarters with its clean, pure lines.
I asked for his opinion on this addition to the body of work on quirky bathrooms.
P.S. By the way, he has abandoned his plan to replicate the green bathroom in The Shining as his bathroom, a plan which I saw as a profoundly bad idea. How could he possibly go in the bathroom and not think of the nude woman in the Shining approaching Jack Torrance, how he embraces her, but when he looks at the mirror behind her she is actually a decomposing old woman?
He briefly considered the red bathroom from The Shining‘s Overlook Hotel in Stovington, Vermont, which is said to have been inspired by the bathroom at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. Design of the hotel is often attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright, but Wright denied designing the building, though expressing admiration for the work. It is in this bathroom in The Shining that we learn what “correcting” you family means.
Instead, my friend has taken Hundertwasser’s public toilets in Vienna as the basis for his design.
“If Hundertwsser is your true north, you can’t go wrong,” he said. It remains to be seen if he follows through on this.