Skip to comments.KISSING IN THE MEN'S ROOM AT THE VIRGIN CLUBHOUSE
Posted on 03/17/2004 1:58:26 PM PST by Servant of the 9
Even though they allow for high-volume servicing and back-in-a-flash trips to the john, the point-and-shoot-a-stinky-deodorizer-cake oddity known as the mens restroom urinal has been, for women, a constant enigma. But nothing will prepare you for the mens room in the newly-designed Virgin Airways Clubhouse in New Yorks John F. Kennedy airport, terminal 4: Urinals shaped like a womans mouth, dolled up with red lipstick, wide open and ready for business.
In anything that we do there has to be a smile, and thats the smile in this Clubhouse, said John Riordan, Vice President of Customer Services for Virgin Airways.
The urinals, called Kisses, were designed by Netherlands based company Bathroom Mania.
Kisses - the sexy urinal, makes a daily event a blushing experience! This is one target men will never miss!, said the Bathroom Mania team via e-mail from the Netherlands.
The Bathroom Mania designs create a fantasy-world in the bathroom by working on impressions and stories. They also make the Good Morning Sunshine flower potty, a toilet in the shape of a flower pot with images of flowery freshness, and the Splish Splash bathtub shaped like a hammock.
But if youre a hold it til you get there kinda guy, the urinals, thankfully arent the only feature to rave about in the new clubhouse, where Spike Lee (news) dropped by last week and most probably got a smile from the lady in the mens room.
My favorite other fun items are the Ben & Jerrys grab-n-go minis in the refrigerators, said Elizabeth Ciresi, a spokesperson for Virgin. Theres also a dedicated business area for iMACS, two day beds in the Snooze Room and showers packed with Virgin accessories.
While some airlines have itty bitty lounges with big names like the Delta Crown Room Club, Virgin opted for a roomy 7,000 square feet in theirs.
With the big names that fly in our Upper Class there are big expectations - both on the ground and in the air - so 7,000 square feet is on par with what our customers expect, added Ms. Ciresi.
For an airline that has open mouths in the bathrooms, one would expect unconventional designs in the lounge areas. Instead of walls (who needs them?) theres a free standing waterfall that pours out of the ceiling. It drains into a 100-foot pool that doubles as the wall of the lounge (why not?). The result: one exterior wall is the reflecting pool; the other is a triple height ceiling out on to the terminal. VIPs dont have to mingle with the riff-raff (who would no doubt be milling by the urinals anyway), the Red Room is their special space. Like the cigar girls of the 1940s, Virgin staff roam the clubhouse, weaving between pearlescent screens with the Hewlett Packard PCs in hand to access anything for passengers at any time like reservations or ordering a meal within the clubhouse. And if Paris Hilton brings her laptop in her Louis Vuitton book bag, she can hang out in the WiFi zone to chat about The Simple Life with Nicole Richie.
The Virginesque aura screams out with local flavor as the mood lighting and color-shifting patterns alter in tandem with the light coming in from the outside. As night falls, a skyline grid of New York City as seen from the East River becomes illuminated to reveal the outline of the skyscrapers.
Whos using the clubhouse the most these days?
With the exchange rate so attractive to Europeans we are jam-packed with Londoners flying over here for bargains, said John Riordan.
With added incentive to visit the new Virgin Clubhouse at JFK, I am in a hurry to book my next flight to London just for the pleasure of becoming reVirginized.
HEADS UP PR OFFICE, ILL BE CALLING SHORTLY FOR A PRESS TICKET!!
A wall mural around the fixture should do it.
You could charge to use it.
Woha...Hold the flow......
That is a good question. I clearly remember him saying that bathrooms should always be plain, white and soothing. On the other hand he might get a sense of satisfaction from the urinal. I am sure he'd hate the flower pot toilet though.
I just wish they'd put a screen in them to catch the chewing gum and cigarette butts!
The chewing gum loses it's flavor after awhile and the cigarette butts take forever to dry out!
A urinal can never be sexy - and why would I want to feel as if I'm relieving myself in Mick Jagger's mouth?!
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