18 Dec2016

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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.

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The windows were a cheery Christmas red with fake snowmen… this was two years ago, not this season.

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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.

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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.

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The way goods were displayed and merchandising was brilliant. Things of all colors on tables with different levels and it was just visually assaulting.

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Items often grouped by color.

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A terrific selection of wrapping paper.

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Classic books in attractive modern bindings and covers.

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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.

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Another tables cape..

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…and another. Are you getting the same feeling I am? Or am I just getting old?

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Uh?

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Double uh?

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Glass jars and bathroom dispensers.

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Bath towels and bubbly stuff for baths…

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…a wall of colorful soap.

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More soap in jeweled tones and shapes.

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Stockings.

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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. :)

 

COMMENTS:

  1. farida says:

    Hi MM, you are right. Nothing shouted out at you. Even the stockings were blah. Just want to wish you and Mrs. MM and Daughter a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
    Just logged on after several weeks so I need to go over the archives for previous posts. Keep those posts coming.

    Dec 18, 2016 | 12:20 pm

     
  2. ami says:

    I honestly thought you went to a candy store in the first 3 pictures. No wonder you were disappointed.

    Dec 19, 2016 | 9:10 am

     
  3. Jovita says:

    You’re quite right MM. Nothing special here.

    Dec 19, 2016 | 10:58 am

     
  4. Marj says:

    I definitely agree with you MM!
    Although I am more of a minimalist, I have the same sinking feeling viewing these pictures as when I was looking for a dining table (my mom wants to replace our circular one with a rectangular table) – everything seems soooo “makitid” and the tablescape so cluttered and VERY Brightly colored.

    Dec 20, 2016 | 3:23 am

     
  5. Marichu says:

    The first three tablescapes reminded me of a birthday party.

    Dec 21, 2016 | 2:09 pm

     
  6. Betchay says:

    I agree, not classy at all.

    Dec 23, 2016 | 9:14 pm

     

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