The draw was first the gorgeously restored Michelin building housing the Bibendum restaurant, and second, the massive Conran shop behind the landmark building. We didn’t eat at Bibendum, which I regret, but we were just walking around and window shopping at the time.
The windows were a cheery Christmas red with fake snowmen… this was two years ago, not this season.
Inside were all manner of doodads and kitsch for the holidays. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed how kitschy it had all become. I somehow remember a finer selection of items at Conran’s several years ago. But it was colorful, festive and seasonal in a young, modern kind of way.
The decor for trimming trees looked almost disposable, and it wasn’t that cheap either… I wonder if folks change the trimming on their trees every year. A lot of this stuff screamed China, if you know what I mean.
The way goods were displayed and merchandising was brilliant. Things of all colors on tables with different levels and it was just visually assaulting.
Items often grouped by color.
A terrific selection of wrapping paper.
Classic books in attractive modern bindings and covers.
There were several tablescapes set-up throughout the huge store. But I wasn’t a fan of many of them. Not sure why I was getting a “not like” vibe, I am normally quite happy to browse through a housewares store but somehow this just wasn’t my type.
Another tables cape..
…and another. Are you getting the same feeling I am? Or am I just getting old?
Glass jars and bathroom dispensers.
Bath towels and bubbly stuff for baths…
…a wall of colorful soap.
More soap in jeweled tones and shapes.
Beautifully designed graphics/coverings for card cases, game table items, etc. After just 15-20 minutes in the shop, we left empty-handed. But that Michelin building next door… Wow. :)