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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. 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 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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting When another earthquake hit San Diego last month, it was an unforgettable experience. It was not just because some members of my family were helplessly screaming in horror and dropping to the floor. What was more shocking to me was my calm reaction and my absence of fear. […]

By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting How many of you would love to see some changes done to the building you live in or to the inside of your favorite coffee shop or a hair salon? There are a few businesses in town that grab my attention because of their bad design. Today I […]

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 […]

See full version is at: Mindful Design Consulting When designers think about a comfortable office environment, we usually take into consideration such elements as: 1) Physical comfort – the quality of light, temperature, sound and ergonomics; 2) Functional comfort – the ability of workers to interact effectively with the environment they are in; 3) Psychological […]

Colors in Interior

Colors in Commercial Interior.  Seldom, surely, is the psychological part of an appearance in nature so great as it is in the case of color.  No one can encounter it and stay neutral.  We are immediately, instinctively, and emotionally moved.  We have sympathy or antipathy, pleasure or disapproval within us as soon as we perceive […]

Explore new and fresh garden solar light designs and save on electricity! Today we are featuring: Butterfly String Solar Lights. After a busy and stressful day is over, we all have that special place in our home to take a break, or maybe to have a carefree party. It could be a garden, patio, yard […]

Healthy potted plants are not just a good decoration touch. Plants clean our air and connect us to nature, providing a nourishing feeling and thus relaxing us. Here are some psychological benefits of having plants in your house or office noted by professionals: • Instill a feeling of well being • Help to reduce stress […]