The client required an outdoor blind solution to fix existing umbrellas. Corporate branding was required on the new umbrella skins and blinds. The café was losing a lot of business during storm season. As part of this café refurbishment, the client wondered if there was a way to maintain their patrons in bad weather. Our scope included a reskin of their existing commercial umbrellas, new internal roller blinds and a custom outdoor blinds solution, which included new framework to fit within the bounds of the existing umbrellas. The challenge we had to overcome was in designing a half-enclosed dining area, which already housed two commercial umbrellas. Our solution had to integrate two systems: the umbrellas and the blinds. The biggest challenge was to enclose the area without jeopardising the structural integrity of the umbrellas. Due to the nature of integrating the extra umbrella fabric with the blinds’ frame, there were many elements that required detailed attention, and we had to be sure they would cooperate without causing any faults or inadequacies in the final outcome. The final product looks fantastic. All the fabrics and membranes are perfectly tensioned and the branded custom blinds solution fits perfectly with the existing umbrellas to create a unique outdoor dining area for the Coffee Club’s customers.
Award for Excellence 2019, Blinds & Awnings - Commercial