Containing Multitudes Since 2004
Public art as nice as this seems to be so rare, and more so every passing year. I well remember hunting down the Michelin House building on Fulham Road in 1981, not so much for the early Art Deco architecture, (I can take it or leave it), but mostly for the lovely pre-WWI automobile paintings by Ernest Montaut on huge tiles that ringed the building inside and out. Such casual brilliance on display for the appraisal of passing strangers, I was awe-struck by Michelin's generosity; sure, it was a bit of flamboyant salesmanship braggadocio, but could you imagine anything so sublime,enriching, and most of all - enduring - coming out of a freakin' megacorp nowadays? Ah well, I understand the old girl is a restaurant nowadays, but well restored and revered - I should end up so lucky!
Yes, Terence Conran owns and operates a shop and a restaurant from the Michelin building aka Bibendum (after the character) on Fulham Road. Although I've never been in it I've driven past and it looks quite special. www.bibendum.co.uk
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