Design & Style

Canada’s best restroom

I always check out the bathroom.

Even if I don’t need to go.  Sometimes I even send my male counterpart to check out the men’s washroom and report back (thanks, guys).

I do this because if a business owner has taken time and resources to invest in an interesting, inviting, or uniquely designed dining room, then maybe, just maybe, the bathroom is also super cool.

It’s a little escape.  Your own private room (or at least stall) in the big scary public realm.

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And with the rise of the “bathroom selfie,” as seen on various social media venues, public washrooms are gaining new exposure.

There’s even a Winnipeg venue that garnered attention through their clever installation of the selfie-inducing-mirror-wall.  “can’t …look away… must… take out iphone…”

Now, public washrooms across Canada have a design contest to call their own.  Until the end of November, you can vote for your favourite of the top five finalists:

http://www.bestrestroom.com/canada/vote.asp

What about Winnipeg?  Do we have any restrooms of distinction?

Jaclyn Wiebe is the co-founder of FIRESIDE DESIGN BUILD INC., a Winnipeg based full-service design build company with a focus on custom residential renovation: www.firesidedesign.ca.