Katana Japanese bakery café is set to open its doors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia later this year. Blenheim Design we are delighted to have the opportunity to work on such a unique bakery concept for our client.
Katana bakery café is set to become the largest Japanese modern bakery in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and at Blenheim Design we are delighted to have the opportunity to work on such a unique bakery design for our client.
The ground floor of an existing restaurant will be transformed into the designer bakery destination for modern Saudi’s and visitors to Riyadh.
As bakery designers, we have created a café interior style that not only promotes in-store baked goods but also offers a relaxed retail environment that displays teas and luxury gift packs.
Interior team combined luxurious calacatta marble finish with bleached oak, brass and a Venetian plaster. Dotted among these luxury materials are more industrial finishes such as concrete effect plaster walls and columns, and exposed lighting which crearte modern angular and bright interior scheme. Four pastel brand colours are also used to inject some colour and these appear on the real leather seat upholstery and on walls, either as merchandising or as internal signs.
The existing large window area of the corner site was conducive for a light and bright interior, yet challenging when creating a retail environment and seating area zones for leisure. By dedicating an internal corner area with maximum street view to become a walled window display with seasonal interest it also provided a backdrop wall for some internal signage and some privacy for the café.
The predominantly banquette seating is arranged so it overlooks the central patisserie display and the service counter which are the focus of the bakery cafe design. A bespoke brass ceiling sculpture appears to fly over the central display and we have suspended lighting within the sculpture to create a real wow factor.
A satellite seating zone is created to the side of the entrance with a view out to the street and pavement. This zone benefits from an angular canopy mounted above an open screen in gold aluminium, which allows for pendant lighting and a cosier feel under the existing double height shopfront.
The customer toilets have been influenced by a high-end modern Japanese style. The toilets are accessed by bespoke sliding door system in Japanese screen style. Without compromising on space we have reconfigured the existing toilets area to now include an extra cubicle and introduced the popular Japanese Toto toilets, hexagonal marble wall tiles and black and white wall graphics with brass ironmongery for a truly unique space worthy of uploading to social media.
We are proud to have worked on the largest Japanese Designer Bakery project the Middle East has seen and can’t wait to see this concept thrive in it’s debut location.