Categories / Architecture, Art and Photography, Cars and Bikes

100 years of Michelin House

Michelin poster

If you are London based, you may want to check out some of the events designed to celebrated 100 years of Michelin House

This distinctive building, on the corner of Fulham Road, was commissioned by the Michelin company as their first British HQ. They moved out in 1985 when it was bought by Terence Conran and Paul Hamlyn. The building now hosts the Conran Shop as well as the Bibendum oyster bar and remains as architecturally interesting as ever, decorated with stained glass, ornate tiles and combining a curious mixture of Art Nouveau and Art Deco influences. 

Currently the front of the shop and a small display is devoted to the building's history, including some archive photographs and original advertising posters. As part of the celebrations, six of these iconic pieces of Michelin advertising, selected from their historic archive, have been re-issued by the Conran Shop on canvas – including the distinctive design above. 

Unfortunately the prints are currently available in store only but prices start at £99 for a 72 x 52cm print. 

Find out more about the prints and other instore events online.

Categories / Art and Photography

1920s Advertising Prints

I Love Retro has added to its series of prints with a collection of 1920s Advertising Prints.

The prints are reproductions of genuine art deco style advertisements for fashion, cars, films and even cigarettes. Needlless to say, the art deco style makes them decidely more classy than any of today's advertisements. There are twelve different designs to chose from, each one measuring 30cm by 40cm.

The prints are sold unframed, priced £14.95 from I Love Retro via Not on the High Street.

Categories / Design and Interiors

Bonjour Mon Coussin collage cushion

Bonjour collage
What's black and white and re(a)d all over? One possible answer is this collage cushion from Bonjour Mon Coussin

The cushion is decorated with newsprint, advertising and images of consumer goods dating from the late '50s and early '60s. Being a French company, the text is all in French – surely only adding to the glamour. We've featured some of Bonjour Mon Coussin's designs before which tend to have more attitude than the usual cushion. This design is no exception as the colour scheme of black, white and – yes – red adds to the striking look. 

The cushion costs 34 Euros

Buy it online

Categories / Art and Photography

We Make Posters poster by Telegramme Studio

Telegramme poster
An interesting way to promote your business, this poster by graphic designers and illustrators Telegramme Studio is simply called We Make Posters

The four colour screen-print uses some of the artwork and typography you'd associate with retro advertising. The piece originally appeared on the back of Creative Review magazine and is described by Telegramme Studio themselves as a shameless advert for their own work. That seems pretty successful then, as the print is desirable in its own right. 

The print is limited to 80 copies and costs £35. 

Buy it online

Categories / Art and Photography, Women's Fashion

Dior Illustrated exhibition at Somerset House

Dior illustrated
Opening today at London's Somerset House is a new exhibition called Dior Illustrated. Subtitled René Gruau and the Line of Beauty it looks at the work of illustrator René Gruau who created iconic fashion imagery for Dior in the 1940s and 50s. 

Gruau worked for some of the most famous couture houses and style magazines of the period but is best known for his collaboration with Christian Dior, for whom he created the marketing images for Dior's first perfume, Miss Dior, in 1947. The exhibition includes some of his illustrations for Dior parfums, alongside the original bottles. Gruau's fashion illustration remains influential today and there's the opportunity to see some of his sketches, alongside some of the haute couture dresses that inspired them, providing a glamorous snapshot of the era. 

The exhibition runs until 9 January. Tickets cost £6, with concessions at £5. 

Find out more online

Categories / Art and Photography, Books

Lifestyle Illustration of the 50s by Rian Hughes

Lifestyle illustration of the 50s
You may remember the bumper book Lifestyle Illustration of the 60s we featured a little while back. It's sister volume has now been released, which goes a little bit further back in time – yes, it's Lifestyle Illustration of the 50s.

Also written by Rian Hughes, it features over a 1000 images spread over its 576 pages and shows some of the social aspirations of the post-war era, presumably as seen through the eyes of some of the Mad Men of the time. Some of those dreams, not to mention the technological innovations of the period, of course now seem quaint to modern eyes, all adding to the book's charm. As well as being an author, Hughes is also a graphic designer and illustrator so is well placed to make the selection of images. 

The book is currently available for £18.71 on Amazon.