Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Michelin Building in Chelsea London

Stumbled upon the fashionable district of Chelsea London while looking for Anthropologie in King's Street. And right across the street from where I was standing was an exceptionally beautiful building. It had a very attractive art deco look about it with some Art Noveau touches and right at the top of the building was the word Michelin Tyre. At street level, there are a number of decorative tiles of famous racing cars of the time which used Michelin tyres and of course "Bibendum", the iconic Michelin man. It is no longer a functional Michelin building as it was sold to Sir Terence Conran, restaurateur and retailer and Paul Hamlyn, owner of the Octopus Publishing Group back in 1985. Jan 20th 2011 this year happened to be the 100th anniversary of the buidling.

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