“I had a bathtub with a door on the top.
And I think the people who were doing the washing thought it looked weird because the bathtub had a door, but I thought it was just a great idea,” said Michael DeLuca, a designer at L’Oréal Paris, which is known for its feminine and masculine themes.
“And I thought that would be a great way to introduce the bathroom.
I was really interested in using a bath as a symbol of social order and order in the bath.”
In 2006, a L’Oreal Paris employee named Maria Gatti made a mock-up of a bathroom sink that looked like the actual one in the shower stall.
A woman standing next to it made the sign of the cross in the shape of the word “BATH.”
Gatti created a poster of the sink and went viral on Facebook, earning the ire of her fellow employees who accused her of racism and sexism.
L’Occitane also went after DeLucas in 2007, when it posted a photo of the bathroom sink on its website and wrote that the design was “not an homage to the original L’occitane design but to the bathroom of the United States.”
DeLucus’ design was rejected and the company pulled the ads from its website.
In 2011, L’Auberge de Paris published a statement that it was “committed to promoting our products in an authentic way that respects the individuality of the consumers.”
The statement said it would “never allow a commercial or public endorsement of any product.”
The French cosmetics company has since started to do away with the bathroom sign.
In 2013, it changed its name to “Les Métiers” to reflect its “mixed” and “multicultural” heritage.
DeLucis has since said that he hopes to have the bathroom back on its original home.
“I’m really proud of the way that it looks now,” he told Newsweek.
“It is a bit more modern and modern.
I’ve added a little bit of colour to it, but it’s still very simple.”
For DeLuces, it’s been a year of social activism.
The Paris protests that took place during the March 2011 earthquake have been seen as a catalyst for his work.
He said he has received messages of support from “people from all walks of life” and was inspired by the response of people who had “lost everything” to the quake.
In a statement released in October 2016, he said he hopes “to continue to work on the concept of ‘Bath in Paris’ in collaboration with the people and institutions who are working to make the Paris Bath experience a reality for everyone.”
The bathroom design has also been a focal point of the current controversy over the Paris Olympic Games.
After an outcry from some French athletes and officials, the International Olympic Committee in 2015 said it had scrapped plans to add the bathroom to the 2024 games.
“There is no longer a need to make a bath in Paris,” IOC spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.
“The Olympics are an event of pure joy and celebration.
To make a bathroom in a city that has been devastated by an earthquake is a statement of deep sorrow.”
“Bath is not something to be taken lightly,” DeLucos told Newsweek in 2017.
“What is important is that we make the best possible use of the space.”