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Store Interior Branding Analysis: Sears vs. Target

To see full text of this news letter click HERE. It has become my habit, which derived from my profession, to look and to analyze businesses’ ambiance, environment and branding techniques of every space I walk into. Walking into a neighboring Sears I kept asking myself, what is Sears missing and what does Target, which […]

Lamellux – Wall Panels for Your Business Interior

If bare naked wall is too boring and wall art stickers just do not cut it, give your wall a makeover with Lamellux designer wall panels! With the vast improvements in laser cutting, laminating and thermoforming technologies, wall coverings can now be fluid, organically curving or in geometric motifs. Lamellux panels can be installed as […]

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Advertising Agency Office Design

Creative people need creative spaces to collaborate and to produce their best work.  This contemporary office is the bright example and it happen to be the legacy of Leo Burnett – one of the most known advertising company’s in history!  (think of Marlboro man , Pillsburry doughboy, and  Green Giant) Their newly redesigned Sydney office […]

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Green Restaurant Design Concept in London

As everyone’s awareness of a better “Green” living arises, the commercial interior design takes on a different trend – “back to nature” movement.  Take a look at the perfect example of the implemented sustainable way of thinking into this charming design of a new restaurant in London called “The Folly.” ” Inspiration for The Folly […]

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Dessert Store Branding

Please take a look at this magnificent example of branding of a dessert store. Theurel & Thomas is one of the first pâtisseries in Mexico specialized in French macarons, a popular French dessert. Anagrama, took the right approach by create the store’s branding around the product itself – colorful and delightful French cookies. White color […]

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New Hotel Design Review – Commercial Interior

Seeing a new hotel being built is something I am always excited about! But seeing a really sleek hotel built in a heart of Greece, in a town where a part of my family lives, grabbed my attention even more! Thessaloniki is an ancient town by the waterfront with a tremendous history!  Even on my […]

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Add Happiness to Your Everyday Life! Commercial Interior Design

A Stanford marketing professor Jennifer Aaker is teaching her students – along with AOL, Facebook, and Abode (clients) – how to find and export joy into our everyday lives.  In order to produce a new branding the professor gets into a deeper level of emotions to create a marketing strategy which increases employee’s productivity and […]

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Selecting Materials to Create a Comfortable Interior

From examples around us, people tend to have variable psychological reactions to different materials.  For example, wood may create a cozy warm feeling; metal may make us feel cooler and more intense.  These sensations deeply effect our reaction to a particular space or a building.  Do not underestimate the materials used in your interior. An […]

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Branding by Your Business Interior

Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Part of the branding process is identifying the message you want to send to your target audience. If you look at the branding campaigns of major companies like Pepsi, you can discern the message that they’re trying to create, such as with the “Refresh” campaign created by […]

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Commercial Interior and How it Affects Us

  Text By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Have you ever walked into a business and were struck with a knot in your stomach over the gloomy, uninviting ambiance created by poor lighting, bad organization or even a smelly interior? I have.  There is a few businesses where there is no way I will […]

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New Lighting Fixtures for Commercial Interiors

Today I would love to share some new lighting fixtures for commercial interiors that I am looking at for my new projects. This hair salon complemented by almost paper like fixtures.  The black wall paper helps to complete this sophisticated interior. These red light fixtures add fun and much needed contrast to this all wood […]

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3 Design Elements to Make Hotel La Quinta Shine!

Read the original text HERE. Hotel La Quinta’s logo on the hotels’ website. Hotel La Quinta in San Diego, CA is one of those buildings that cannot go unnoticed simply because of its color scheme on top of not such a bad-looking (cross of craftsman and Spanish styles) building. There are two hotels in different […]

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Octium Jewelry Store is a Commercial Interior Design Gemstone

  Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Today I would love to share images of this elegant and sophisticated jewelry store located in Kuwait. Octium is a new concept jewelry store opened its doors in October 2009. Located in 360º mall in Kuwait, Octium displays the work of various talented jewelry designers from […]

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Twitter Office in San Francisco or Eco Friendly Office Design

Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Most of us are on Twitter, but do you know what Twitter’s office look like?  It’s located in San Francisco, CA and here are some pictures of the inside. The office collected plush sustainable furniture combined in a fantastic design ethics.  The design theory was to create […]

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Ceiling Height Affects Our Thought Process – Commercial Interior Design Application

By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting. We can’t deny that scale plays a big role as an influential element in a building design.  Finding yourself inside of enormous Notre-Dame cathedral makes you feel very small and unimportant. Grandiose buildings have an ability to shock us by their scale and to make us feel miniature.  […]

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Get a FREE Video of YOUR Business Space!

You are probably aware of YouTube Videos being watched by thousands of people on the Internet.  Have you ever thought about having YOUR own business on a video? What would you say if it was for FREE? If you are a restaurant, a spa or a hotel owner you know that it is very important […]

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One-Way Vision Window Graphic Film

One-way vision graphics have been used as vehicle wraps for years.  We see it all around us on buses or cars. Using the same graphic film on buildings is becoming something very trendy in resent years. On this image you can see one-way vision window graphic film.  Left side is the view from the inside […]

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Glass Partitions Inspired by Nature

Glass has been an inspiration for many architects and designers.  Take a look at some of the amazing solutions using glass as art at the same time creating useful architectural elements.  All projects samples are provided by Glass Inspiration. A Whirlpool outdoors needed a windscreen to provide a separate area as well as to protect […]

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Branding By Interior E-Book

By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Have you ever walked into a business space and were shocked by the gloomy, uninviting surrounding created by bad lighting, crazy colors or even smell? What about those times you entered a business and felt like your mood improved, as if you were uplifted and inspired?  Consider the […]

Commercial Interior Design – Before and After 2010 projects

Corporate Office Rebranding (Read the original text HERE.) A lot of large offices are in the process of rebranding their images at the same time as reorganizing and restructuring their companies. The economy has been tough on all of us, and one of the best ways to show everyone the wiliness to overcome the challenges […]

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Lighting in Your Business Space!

From all the recommendations on how to update your business space or your home, one of the most dramatic and quickest techniques would be to update your lighting fixtures. Lighting fixtures actually are not as hard to replace as you may think and they can add a distinctive character to your space instantly. Besides, most […]

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Bring the Fun with Halloween Decor!

Have you ever considered decorating your home for Halloween? On this controversial Holiday it is a great opportunity to go crazy and bring some joy and fun to your neighborhood! It doesn’t matter if it’s your home or your business location, on this holiday any outrageous idea can be forgiven! Halloween doesn’t have to be […]

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An Amazing Art of Water

As a commercial interior designer I often get a number of interesting e-mail offers from various artists and vendors.  But this is something I would definitely like to share with all of you.  It’s a company that designs and installs water art pieces.  These images are really inspiring and make you believe that we are […]

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Many Inspiring Sides of Eureka Tower – Creative Parking Design

Check out this really creative paint job in the parking garage of the Eureka Tower in Melbourne, Australia.  This work was inspired by Swiss artist Felice Varini and created using a projection technique to apply the words on walls. Only when you are at the correct vantage point do the words snap into alignment and become […]

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Interactive Architecture

Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting It is really exciting to see more architectural projects creating interactive spaces. These projects react to surrounding sounds, touch and temperature changes around them.  I truthfully think that interaction will become one of the widely used aspects for future architecture.  Right now these types of projects reach […]

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Can Sounds Boost Your Business?

Many store’s sound consultants suggest creating a “permanent party atmosphere” to attract younger crowds to shop. Now you can learn about some sounds that have been proven to affect us in certain ways and can be used by you in your business as desired. Read more in this article.

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How Safe Are Our Buildings In Earthquakes?

By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting When another earthquake hit San Diego last month, it was an unforgettable experience. It was not just because some members of my family were helplessly screaming in horror and dropping to the floor. What was more shocking to me was my calm reaction and my absence of fear. […]

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San Diego in Need of Improvement

By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting How many of you would love to see some changes done to the building you live in or to the inside of your favorite coffee shop or a hair salon? There are a few businesses in town that grab my attention because of their bad design. Today I […]

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Cafe Studio Car Wash in LA – III

We’ve been approved by the Health Department and are ready to submit drawings for the Building Permit. We are also in a process of selecting colors and materials. This project is coming to life! To see this project from the beginning click HERE and HERE.

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Recycled Cardboard Furniture

Who said there is no life after death? UK-based Lazerian Studio transforms simple sheets of recycled cardboard into beautiful furnishings, giving the material a new lease of life. A collaboration between furniture designer Liam Hopkins and artist Richard Sweeney, the duo showcased several stunning projects at Milan Design Week, including their Radioleria sofa, which is […]