Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Now that you are familiar with the new offices of Twitter and Google, let’s enjoy Skype’s new office in Palo Alto, CA. Just as many other large offices around the world Skype created a relaxed environment in addition to that almost unfinished look with exposed piping, plywood […]

All images of the amazing hotels came from DesignHotels.com It’s a well known fact that all hotels have to invest in their future to keep their guests coming back, and this keeps them from going out of business. Following are some of the simplest ways the hotels can follow to achieve positive results fast: Creating […]

As I was searching for materials for my new project I came across this beautiful website ThinkGlass. ThinkGlass Master Glass Artist Michel Mailhot creates stunning pieces for any type of application, from commercial interiors to residential kitchens and baths. I never really took it into consideration that glass can actually be strong enough to become […]

This fun LED Flashing Board is not like any regular Menu board or advertising sign you see every day. This sign will flash in different colors and the message can be customized to your menu change or any special sale. The sign can be used on windows, walls or freestanding on a special easel to […]

If you walked into this space, where would you think you are?  I would never guess that this is a bank! This extravagant bank design interior concept for BNP Paribas in Paris was created by Paris architect Fabrice Ausset of Zoevox. Not only the colors of the space bring cheerful feeling to its visitors… the […]

Today I’ve received a newsletter from Big Ass Fan company and it reminded me how great these fans actually are.  You can see some of these around San Diego as well.  Check out one at Urbn bar on University avenue.  These fans are massive and it creates a lot of advantage. Big Ass Fans move […]

As I was looking through catalogs of all the new furniture out there for my latest projects, I’ve decided to share some of my findings and my favorites with you.  Let me know what you think. This beautiful bright chair, Designed by Scott Wilson and MINIMAL,  is a clear alternative to any generic conference room […]

Picture yourself walking in to a huge hotel lobby in Dubai and your first impression is a 4,000 s.f.  crop circle carpet! CROP creates amazingly creative large and smaller scale carpets for commercial or residential application. The name CROP Carpets is associated with the enormous potential the concept has and the desire of the company […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

  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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]