I took this picture on Monday, January 13th, 2020. These photos were taken at Thai Vegan II in Los Angeles, at Santa Monica & 23rd. Specifically they were taken in the restroom, which is actually out back behind the restaurant itself.
Check out this cute little silver knobset twist lock. It’s so nicely polished!
Although, interestingly enough, when we zoom into the lock itself, we see a lot of wear around the bottom edge of the twisting mechanism. There is also a very cute little dimple in the middle of the ridge that your thumb twists. Isn’t that fun? Did you notice that too?
I’m so interested by the wear in the wood. As you can see, those cuts go pretty deep, they etch significantly into the door. It’s obviously caused by the mount for the knob, but how? How on earth did that mount, screwed in so tightly, manage to come loose and scratch off this wood up to an inch above its anchor point? What on earth happened here?
There’s a bit of plastic on the keeper panel that sticks through the door, a few white painted-over screws in the doorframe, and some nice wear and grime also on the doorframe that’s worth pointing out in this picture too. It’s all really good, but let’s be real, that circular wood wear on the door takes the cake here.
I found the bathroom itself to be very interesting too. It’s part of the same building as the restaurant, but it’s otherwise totally separate in the back. This may be the smallest restroom I’ve ever been in – quite possibly the smallest restroom ever! And yet, it’s fully stocked with everything a bathroom needs – toilet, sink, soap, paper towels, toilet bowl brush, plunger, light switch, accessibility rail, trash can, mirror, toilet paper, extra roll of toilet paper, and even a plant and a blinded window for ventilation.
Per square foot, it’s probably the most efficiently-spaced bathroom I’ve ever seen. So it’s only fitting that the lock, although just a basic knobset twist lock, still has some interesting bits fit into this space as well. I hope you enjoyed this experience as much as I did.