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Commercial Interior New Furniture

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 […]

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CROP Circles Creative Rugs – Commercial Interior

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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Latest Trends in Architecture

Last month several people have asked me to define the latest trends in architectural design. I am not an expert on architecture history or on different movements in architecture, but I do practice design on ongoing bases. Constant research on the world’s greatest projects is a must for me while working on my projects. It’s […]

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Cafe Studio Car Wash in LA – II

We’ve measured the space and I finished some preliminary studies. To see progress of this project click HERE.

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Cafe Studio Car Wash in LA – I

I recently started this project in Los Angeles, CA.  It’s an existing Car Wash and the owner wants to add a cafe shop into the existing small shop space.  Let’s see how we can spice it up!  The building is older than I am and is in pretty bad shape.  The client is on a […]

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Before and After – Hair Salon Design

By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting This small salon needed not only a new facelift, it desperately needed a business identity! The salon’s overall floor plan was unnecessarily divided into a few small rooms, making the space look small. The walls were painted into a wild pallet of colors. The salon’s space was not […]

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Interior is Your Branding Element

Interior design elements are the strongest influential aspect of any business after the exterior representation. Your interior will become your branding element if your services bring customers inside on regular bases. Did you ever think what feelings you would like to suggest to your customers as they enter your space? Elements We Can Control: Furniture! […]

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Do Not Underestimate Your Company’s Signage!

The predominant pattern of many cities makes it harder to create an identifiable business on the exterior. The possibilities to personalize become limited to the main entrance and largely to the signage on the outside of the main building. Do not underestimate the importance of your business signage! A professionally made sign easily seen from […]

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Design Of Business’s Environment

Have you ever thought about what kind of message your business space is sending to your clients? Most of our services are to some degree relatively intangible, therefore their quality can be difficult to evaluate by clients and therefore building a strong brand image based exclusively on quality of service is a challenging task. Services […]

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Mindful Design Consulting – Commercial Interior Design and Branding

Great Branding

Great space is not branding – great feeling is! We don’t just design your space, we make you feel good! We believe that the built environment (your business interior design) greatly affects human behavior, emotional and physical health, and our overall well-being. It is our responsibility to work together with our client (you) on creating […]