Radiant Blinds & Awnings can recover any awning and did so last week at Bibendum, London. A fixed frame over the entrance of Claude Bosi at Bibendum in the iconic Michelin building, Fulham, London.
Radiant Blinds and Awnings worked with Claude to choose the new fabric colour and our graphics department recreated his logo for the main entrance awning as well as applying it on the new electric roller blind that covers the large window in the restaurant. Operated by a wall switch the roller blind filters the suns rays and provides shade for the diners.
A brief history of the Michelin Building
Designed by one of Michelin’s employees, François Espinasse, the building has three large stained-glass windows based on Michelin advertisements of the time, all featuring the Michelin Man “Bibendum“. Around the front of the original building at street level there is a number of decorative tiles showing famous racing cars of the time that used Michelin tyres. More tiles can be found inside the front of the building, which was originally a tyre-fitting bay for passing motorists. People walking into the reception area of the building are still greeted by a mosaic on the floor showing Bibendum holding aloft a glass of nuts, bolts and other hazards, proclaiming “Nunc Est Bibendum” (Latin for “Now is the time to drink”). The reception area also features more decorative tiles around its walls. Two glass cupolas, which look like piles of tyres, frame either side of the front of the building. The Michelin company’s close association with road maps and tourism is represented by a number of etchings of the streets of Paris on some of the first-floor windows.