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 […]

When everything is designed and built we may feel like something is still missing in our business interior.  The slick surfaces or some corners may look empty and a bit lonely. That’s when I think about adding smaller design elements which add that additional touch or “spice” to your commercial interior! This is exactly when […]

Cannabis dispensary design proposal from design professional

Often, budget is the biggest “fun killer” in a design project. This is exactly why we encourage you, as a business owner, to work closely with your designer and to be open about your budget from the start. The job of a design professional is to help you meet your budget and still get a […]

I came across this unique restaurant design idea today. The restaurant Et Cetara was designed by a German designer Jan Schreiner. What really makes a powerful impact in his design is a sharp contrast of the light feminine pink color and curves with the dark background and massive shapes.  You can see similar motives and […]

Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting This frisky frozen yogurt shop in London has been designed with summertime in mind, from the picture perfect glass floor, the LED changing colors ceiling to the colorful flowers on the walls. Everything flows together and makes the shop fresh and inviting to its consumers. Before entering […]

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 […]

Bank design

Banks’ commercial interior design.  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beauty Bakerie Store Interior Design

by Katerina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Our surroundings interiors continually send messages to our brain.  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?  There is a few businesses where there […]

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. Design Elements to Make Hotel La Quinta Shine! 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 […]

  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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]