If you’ve been following the blog or better yet, if you’ve been into Maude’s Liquor Bar since its opening just over a month ago, you’re well aware of how drop dead sexy the entire space is from the aged wooden floorboards to the pulley operated fans on the ceiling. And the allure extends to the powder rooms.
Starting with the doors that recede into the textured walls, the restrooms at Maude’s whisper a secretive and seductive presence. Inside, the small chambers are dark and sleek. Painted walls with subtly raised patterns are barely visible in the low light. Vintage craquelure mirrors peer down above the curvilinear lines of modern sinks and gleaming faucet heads. Mint-y soap and lotion scents are another bright and fresh contrast.
The term, powder room comes from 18th century Europe and originally designated a smallish space, on the first floor where gentry re-powdered their wigs. The antique term has endured, and true to its etymological roots is rather bourgeois and today usually used only with a healthy dose of self-conscious irony.
The subject of the powder room is also the setting for a short film set in London’s Claridges hotel by Zoe Cassavetes, (of Broken English fame) and part of a series of short films titled: The MiuMiu Womens’ Tales. The film features a sumptuous ladies powder room, and alludes to secrets, social norms and some pretty amazing MiuMiu heels: the kind that Maude would wear, if she were an actual femme. Watch it here
And now, back to Maude’s…