Can Green and High-Tech be combined in one office?  This beautiful office (Microsoft Headquarters in Vienna) was designed by a European firm – INNOCAD Architektur.  Very high-tech looking and at the same time filled with lush greenery, this workspace will encourage so much needed creativity in Microsoft workers. The designers were trying to “showcases the […]

Sustainable Design of Wine Cellars

Take a quick look into the future. The future of sustainable building practices and a lifetimes’ enjoyment of elegantly aged wines come together with the most eco-friendly wine storage products on the planet.  Sustainable Wine Cellars, LLC of Rancho Santa Fe, CA offers a completely customizable product as well as modular kits, entries, cooling, accent […]

Jerry Kott, who designed these incredible lights, describes himself as a “maker” who stretches his imagination beyond the limited boundaries of usual art or craftsmanship. These lighting fixtures are hand crafted from recycled bottles and are part of RE Series which is based on the philosophy of “rebuild, redefine, relive, reinvent and recycle”. “Khrysalis Light […]

whimsical lighting design

You probably have seen these whimsical light fixtures all around, at your local cafe or a restaurant…  I have!  And when I saw one I always wondered who could come up with such incredible ideas. David Trubridge is the most progressive furniture and lighting designer. He is based in Havelock North, New Zealand. David’s work […]

Two talented architects, Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano, have created this inspiring and at the same time one of the most simplest office buildings.  Selgascano, a Spanish design firm, located their new studio in the middle of the woods outside of Madrid. The whole building is shaped as a one-story pipe or a tunnel hiding […]

Nature inspired furniture

Guest blogger Sam Marquit The elements of rustic design appeal to many people at first sight as well as on a deep, subconscious level. I find that earthy spaces with natural decor materials draw folks in, whether it’s into a lodge in the mountains or into bustling new york city apartments or hotels. The visual qualities […]

This impressive Tokyo store for skincare brand Aesop was designed by Japanese architect Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architecture Office.  The new store’s location took over an old shoe shop space – “Milano Shoes”. The owner of the 35 year old Milano Shoes put the brick tiles on the facade of the shop to create a […]

Vertical gardens or Green Walls have become a very popular way to bring nature into any interior. It looks fantastic but the energy and the cost of upkeep the plants may leave skeptics out of this design feature. The Live Screen tries to address this issue with this green wall. This Live Screen vertical garden […]

Zara’s New Green Retail Store Interior Design.  This new slick Fifth Avenue Zara store is the retailer’s largest outlet in the US.   The store is over 32,291 square feet and covers over three floors. The shop faces Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street with five display windows over 104 feet. This particular store will employs […]

Designed by Bonstra|Haresign Architects Take a look at this delicate and inspiring interior design of Hello Cupcake Shop near Dupont Circle. It was designed by Bonstra|Haresign Architects, also known for its design of DC’s Studio Theater and the America Online headquarters in Dulles. The idea for this wonderful cupcake shop was to create an atmosphere […]

Selecting planters to complement your newly finished interior (or exterior) design is fun but can become time consuming.  Today I would like to share a few creative designs of contemporary planters I have found while searching for something different for one of my projects. Kornegay Design offers the most creative cast concrete planters available on […]

“Going green” is a catchy phrase as well as a continuous trend in most retail and business remodels. Here are a few pointers of what “going green” for commercial interior design means.  To put it simply: Renew, Reuse, and Recycle.  But most important is, going green will save any business money as well as improve […]

This Wittner store by Studio Ginger is offering a sleek, contemporary interior design with a perfect green twist – a vertical garden or a green wall as a backdrop for shoe display.  This is where hi-end store branding offers a place with fanatics shopping experience! The store is located at the Chadstone shopping center in […]

This multifunctional streetlight plus a bench combination harnesses solar energy to power its LED lamp. Solar panels built into the roof of the bench case make it possible to place this bench unit in any location independent of a local power supply. The bench unit was designed by Voda Design. Integrated into the bench outlets […]

This restaurant design is definitely thinking “out of box” concept!  The restaurant is located inside of an old factory and needed a stylish and affordable concept to divide the spaces into a kitchen, a bar and dining rooms. The MYU restaurant is located inside of an old liquor factory in the nightlife district of Beirut. […]

Your image is your brand which also provides a glimpse of the quality of services you are offering. Tired of the same boring interiors all around you? Today let’s take a small virtual tour around the world and see how some really whimsical business interiors created fantastic brands for their businesses! If you missed our […]

Commercial spaces are often designed with practicality in mind for business efficiency. This often leads to an interior spaces that are void of warmth and life.  A perfect fix for cold industrial spaces is to add life energy with the use of  live plants.  It has also been proven that interior plants clean and filter […]

Replay, Barcelona boutique store, is a green jungle of  bushy ferns and begonias around displayed products. Landscape architects Vertical Garden Design created this interior vertical garden and a second green wall facing a rear courtyard. The interior of this store was redesigned by an Italian architects Studio 10.  Whimsical looking mannequins and giant spiders occupy the vitrine, […]

In spite of having a contemporary exposed concrete counter, this bakery shop in Osaka, Japan, kept its rustic feel and look.  The bread is being displayed on a wooden railroad sleeper. The two stools on the terrace are also made from sleepers. This unique shop was redesigned by a Japanese firm Ninkipen!. The architect added […]

Review by Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting During his last days, in August 2011, Steve Jobs was at the Cupertino City Council proposing a new campus building for Apple’s headquarters.  The new building attracted a great deal of attention because of its shape (‘spaceship’ from the future) and the advanced technology involved in the […]

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Today I would like to share some of my favorite Latest Design Trends which came from the 2011 design award by Interior Design Magazine. Now you can vote for your favorite design products on the market as well, simply go HERE. Text and Photos are from Interior Design Magazine. Creative Rock Vases Kathryn Scott Design […]

  Half of our lives we spend inside of our business space walls.  It is hard to argue that the space should probably be a pleasant place to be in. No wonder elevating our mood has become a new trend on the market of commercial interior design.  Take a look at all the new trendy […]

  Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Designing commercial interiors that improve our mood and health has always been my goal.  But how do you design something to correct violent behavior in children? Take a look at this fascinating project by Ricci Greene Associates.  It’s a Union County Juvenile Detention Centre in New […]

  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 […]

  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 […]

  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 […]

  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 […]

I’d like to share an office design of one of the largest shoe retailer’s online – Zappos. If you are not familiar, Zappos carries close to one hundred thousand million trillion different brands of shoes, which you can buy from their on-line store. The headquarter of Zappos was conveniently transferred to Henderson, Nevada for obvious […]