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 […]

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 […]

This is our annual interior design review of offices. Today I’d love to share some of the most intriguing offices around the globe. If you are thinking about remodeling your office or if you are moving your office to a new location, these are great examples of what your office can look like with a […]

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 […]

Alannah Hill (born in 1963) is an Australian fashion designer who is well known for her “girly chic” fashion label and boutique chain.  Today I’d like to share the glimpse of the main office interior design of Alannah Hill operation. This once run down Melbourne warehouse has been transformed into the dreamy world of a […]

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 […]

If you have never heard about Suggestive Selling, you probably don’t know how big brands companies have been using the latest Neuroscience research to improve their marketing and selling techniques. This seductively lighted Abercrombie & Fitch’s  store is attempting to lure in older shoppers. I am predicting that the use of Neuroscience research is going to […]

“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 […]

A color of 2012 year has finally been revealed by the Pantone Color Institute! Tangerine Tango – an electric orange red color is warm, uplifting, and energizing! It’s also been noted to look great with almost every skin tone. Today I would like to point out a few simple example of how this new color […]

Living in San Diego you get to see mainly the same colors and styles in architecture.  Most of these colors remind me of our local Hotel La Quinta. This is why I would like to show you how a color can be used to brighten up any building’s exterior and to bring energy to any […]

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, […]

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 […]

  By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting There are different symptoms of poor indoor air quality inside of our buildings, from temporary, minor irritations to serious, life-threatening illnesses. They’ve been grouped into three classifications: sick building syndrome, building-related illnesses, and multiple chemical sensitivities.  Just for the note: problems with asbestos, lead, and radon are […]

  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 […]

  Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Another famous yogurt store has done something right and succeeded within a few short years.  UC Berkley School of Business graduate Daniel J. Kim (former investment banker) opened his first Red Mango yogurt store in LA in 2007.  The company grew to over 100 stores over […]

  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 […]

  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 […]

  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]