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Havelock One Interiors fits out Nikkei concept Clay in Bahrain

Havelock One Interiors fits out Nikkei concept Clay in Bahrain

Havelock One Interiors
Havelock One Interiors
Havelock One Interiors
Havelock One Interiors
Havelock One Interiors

This new Japanese-Peruvian food hotspot isn’t just a feast for the hungry. Those craving an escape from the hubris of modern life will find respite in its warm and cosy interior.

Havelock One Interiors recently completed the turnkey fit-out and in-house manufacturing of select pieces of furniture and design features for Bahrain’s newest Nikkei cuisine offering, Clay.

Originally used to refer to people living outside of Japan, the phrase Nikkei became part of the culinary lexicon after Japanese farmers migrated to Peru at the end of the 19th century.

Years passed, cultures blended and Peruvian ingredients — tropical fish, quinoa, aji amarillo peppers — were moulded by Japanese techniques to create Nikkei.

Conceived by Food Fund International (FFI), we find the new restaurant concept in Manama’s bohemian Adliya neighbourhood, where it recently opened in The Terminal building, already known as a unique structure and architectural landmark in its own right. Clay’s home is on the rooftop of the cultural and dining destination, and the restaurant also sits metaphorically at the crossroads of nature and ethno-pluralism.

Where better for customers to enjoy the fruits of an organic cultural dialogue than in this earthy interior?

This sense of comfort and ease is subtly reinforced by the use of natural materials, wooden furniture, and the combination of parquet flooring and marble that let guests feel grounded in the moment.

Jihad Raad, division director of Bespoke Hospitality Manufacturing and Fit-Out in Bahrain at Havelock One, believes the design concept will also serve as an amuse-bouche for arriving guests.

He says: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with FFI’s in-house design team. Their restaurants boast of interior designs and décor that enliven the senses and prepare the palate for the exquisite cuisine they serve.”

Raad also noted the use of local craftsmanship from Havelock One’s 300,000 square feet manufacturing facility in Bahrain, which comprises machining, polishing, assembly and upholstery facilities.

“Our joinery and upholstery department in Bahrain produced the intricate wood carvings and the tufted banquettes that allow guests to talk comfortably while dining,” Raad adds.

Meanwhile, the skills of Havelock One’s Bahrain-based glazier and metalworking teams can be seen in the kitchen and bar countertops, and textured and tinted glass in the doors and windows, offering hypnotic views of the city.

With a stylish nod to Nikkei heritage, a standout feature of the restaurant is a hand-painted ceramic mural depicting traditional Japanese art. Guests are also sure to be captivated by a mesmerising ceiling art of hanging clay balls and paper lanterns in the restaurant’s bar area.
Elaborate artisanship continues through to the restaurant’s waterproof layers, new steel structure, thermal insulation, sun reflective solar coat paint, complete MEP, foot rail, antique mirror and the aluminium façade.

The project reminds us that business continues to be brisk in the Kingdom for Havelock One Interiors, which has previously provided turnkey solutions for VOX Cinemas and the National Bank of Bahrain.

As well as turnkey fit-out services, the firm also offers design development and setting out, manufacturing and bespoke joinery across F&B, retail, commercial, hospitality, entertainment, health and wellness sectors.

Its F&B portfolio includes regional branches of The Cheesecake Factory, P.F Chang’s, and Starbucks, plus homegrown brands like Stars ‘N’ Bars at Meraas’ La Mer and neighbour Slider Station Bahrain.

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