The original text of the interview came from HERE. I found The Franchise Maker company when I was trying to learn more about Franchising. Dave Waldman and I became good friends and referral partners as I started learning more about what it really takes to franchise a business. Now I help Dave’s clients to brand […]

  PinkBerry‘s success is not an overnight success story. Over 100 frozen yogurt shops around the world in just 5 years! A perfect match between a restaurant owner and an architect created a unique concept which really took off.  So what did really lift the business off the ground so fast? Here are 5 main […]

  Did you read the news on how a few fake Apple stores were busted in China recently? What fascinated me the most that the fist sign of a fake store was their poorly done interior! Yes, everything looked almost identical, the name tags on employees’ necks, Apple’ s classic look was even in place, […]

Have you ever been puzzled trying to figure our what could make your office interior, or maybe your kitchen walls look slick and contemporary without spending too much money?  Well, here is an easy solution – back painted glass! Not only back painted glass look slick, it becomes a very functional surface and can replace […]

  Greenhouse Nightclub is the first LEED certified nightclub in the US.  For those who don’t know what LEED is… Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. (The club was designed by Bluarch, all the photos are by Bluearch.) All the couches are made from recyclable material and the mysterious illumination is all LED lighting. The […]

  Hello Pasta is a new fast food restaurant concept recently started in New York. As the name suggests the restaurant serves different types of pasta.  The place was favored by most people from the start. Hello Pasta features, expertly cooked pastas paired with incredible variation of sauces. You can eat in or takeout via […]

Today I would love to share this innovative eyewear store design located in Venice, CA. The design concept was inspired from the curves of a sand dunes landscape in combination with a skateboard park’s simple construction. The bent plywood is being cut our to create interesting shapes and to function as shelving on the walls. […]

  Living in San Diego, it’s always fun to find new exciting places around the city. AIRR Supper Club is one of the newest restaurants that opened Downtown last spring. The Consulting Chef Scott Leibfried. “A self-proclaimed provocative social dining experience, long white leather benches provide most of the seating, encouraging diners to interact with […]

  The Mandarin Oriental opens a new location in Paris at the center of the luxury shopping street Saint Honore. The Asian based hotel chain has been spreading into high-end locations around the world. The original building was built in 1930s. The new hotel has 99 rooms and 39 suites going for an average of […]

  This small (1,200s.f.) bakery was designed with chocolate and freshly  baked bread in mind.  Omonia Bakery is in Astoria, Queens, a next-door addition to the corner cafe. The design is by by New York City-based firm bluarch. Some of the main features are a long glass counter as the main display case, a glass-walled […]

  Trying to stand out as a night club or any venue in Abu DAbi is a difficult task.  This inspiring and creative night club (Allure) is located at the Yas Island Yacht Club on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Allure night club is a “child” of the legendary Cipriani Group which serves the demand of the […]

Italy is a country of shoes! This is why I am not surprised to see how Carlo Pazolini boutique in Milan takes a new approach in their new store representation. An inspiring designer Giorgio Borruso was  hired to design on this  store location near the Duomo. The selected space is  4,150 square feet which formerly […]

  Light and Color therapy is something we hear about but never get close to.  Well, now you can have it right at your home or office! Inspired by color and light therapy studies, Andre Keilani designed Therapie lamp.  Therapie is a singular illuminated canvas that omits a soothing aura. The color photons emanating from […]

Exclusive interview with a personal branding consultant Katy Goshtasbi. We all know about the importance of having an effective working environment. The choice about how you and your staff shows up to represent your product or service at your client’s location is also yours. Katy Goshtasbi thinks that “an effective personal brand starts with the […]

  This project started in 2006 when a Singaporean movie director and an ex musician from south of China decided to open a live bar in Shanghai, China. The project’s budget was very low, but thanks to the client’s imagination it became a success! The concept for the design derived from “a caved space formed […]

  Designing hotels is an exciting task!  I believe that most successful hotels usually place guests into their local culture with the design. Take a look at this hotel in Switzerland and let me know what you think about it. Cervo is a timber-framed hotel located on the slopes above Zermatt, Switzerland’s most famous alpine […]

This bakery shop is part of a chain of family-run bakeries called ‘Elektra’. The bakery was ready to redefine the look of their shops with this first location in Edessa, Greece. This particular space is small, covering only 377 square feet and conveniently located on the corner of the main pedestrian street. A rigorous design […]

Penny Lane Store Interior Design by Mindful Design

Above is a 3d rendering of Penny Lane frozen yogurt shop interior design located in Bay Area, CA, design by Mindful Design Consulting Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Have you noticed how frozen yogurt industry is going strong next to the ice-cream competitor? Designing a yogurt store is an exciting and at […]

As I was working on a new Yogurt Shop design I was searching for a metallic looking flooring, something that looks like metal but is not metal.  I came across some of the most incredible ceramic tiles which I would like to share with you. Rustic Metal Acero by Colorker. A unique metallic finish on […]

Original text came from HERE. Last year, in May 2010 newsletter I shared some of the latest Architecture trends. Today I’d love to point out some current design trends in commercial office interiors, restaurants and other businesses. It’s very difficult to note every trend that is current in commercial interior design but I’ve selected some […]

Text from “Branding By Interior” book. Through the style of your interior you want to deliver a specific message, but it’s very easy to either support or sabotage your message by using the wrong colors or materials. Photo Credit. Colors are often treated by many as a complicated science, but it only requires a certain […]

  Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Last night I had the pleasure of attending an event organized by Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture. If you have not heard the latest research happening in the area of how architecture affects our subconscious mind, you better tune-in because you will be missing out on […]

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We are all used to seeing tile as square or rectangular cut pieces, but look what can be done with tile if you involve a bit more imagination. All of it sudden that tiled wall becomes an art piece! The tile company ANN SACKS is continually discovering the new and different ways to create tile […]

This unusual shoe store in Tokyo skillfully exhibits one of the latest trends in retail store design and in architecture: creating  a distinctive contrast of a white background color with bright colors of the product itself and/or small pieces of furniture and design elements. Similar design trend can bee seen in the dessert store in […]

  Text By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting When it comes to the surroundings of your business – image is extremely important and it’s one of hundreds of factors that play a part in determining success from an internal (employee) standpoint and an external (consumer) standpoint. Designing your company’s office keep in mind that […]

These creative  bus stop designs were implemented in Chicago by agency TBWA \ Chiat \ Day New York. Each but stop has a different drink theme, color and name showcased in elaborate way. I love the idea and implementation, but this leaves me wondering how can same technique be used to introduce something healthy and […]

This burger joint, in Oslo, Norway, does not quite fit in any standard restaurant or club category and it does not look like a burger restaurant. With the low-ceiling and only 460 square feet in size the wood-paneled space looks very cozy. This functional small space is a place for parties, hosting intimate events with […]

Being from Ukraine myself, makes me excited to see something this innovative coming out from Kiev! Twister is a restaurant that was recently opened in Kiev, Ukraine, designed by Sergey Makhno and Vasily Butenko. Continuous curving elements of the restaurant’s interior give a beautiful whimsical effect translating the name “Twister” into the design . Soft […]

The original Yucca restaurant location opened in June 2010 at Expo Village in Shanghai, and trust me, it did not look anything like this! I was there!  The latest incarnation is the vibrant micro-lounge version located on the third floor of Mansion 26F at Sinan Mansions.  This new extravagant space promises to “surprise and tantalize […]