FontanaArte is an Italian lighting design company founded in 1932. The company was started by an architect and maybe that’s why the quality of the design is strong. FontanaArte company has always retained a strong link with some of the best Italian and international architects and lighting designers. The result of this collaboration was the […]

  By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Are you mindful looking for a designer to get a good quality set of drawings for your new business space?  After all you probably want a space that is created perfectly for your business: an office, a restaurant or a salon.  It will be a space that […]

  The amazing artist Katrin Olina creates not only fascinating images,  she recently finished designing the interior of the Cristal Bar in a middle of concrete jungle of Hong Kong. One of the main goals in designing this bar interior was using only one finish material, but to improvise on using whimsical imagery by the […]

  This sophisticated jewelry store was opened in Paris by the Podium Fashion Group from Moscow. (at 334, rue St.-Honore, Paris 1er, right across from Colette.) The 538 s.f. of Podium 1 Jewelry Store project glamor and luxury. Designers from Artbureau 1/1 recreated neogothic interior by using aged textured wallpaper, antique wood furniture and aged […]

  When we go shopping and get emerged into stunning commercial interiors of famous designer stores, we never get to hear the names of architects or designers behind them. One of my goals with this blog is to uncover these names and to show you the incredible work they produce. One of such designers is […]

  Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting When you enter a high-end jewelry store you expect perfection… and that is exactly what this store in Milan emanates. Even the name of the store radiates luxury – Faraone. Calming natural colors complement edgy contemporary straight lines. Dark steel wall cladding created a great back […]

Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Interactive architecture has always been my passion.  Today I’d love to introduce a new interactive surface material created by B.Lab, an Italian company. Imagine the ability to leave your footprints on a floor surface as you walk across a room, which will fade away in a few […]

  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 […]

  This small (1,200s.f.) bakery was designed with chocolate and freshly  baked bread in mind.  Omonia Bakery is in Astoria, Queens, a next-door addition to the corner cafe. The design is by by New York City-based firm bluarch. Some of the main features are a long glass counter as the main display case, a glass-walled […]

  Trying to stand out as a night club or any venue in Abu DAbi is a difficult task.  This inspiring and creative night club (Allure) is located at the Yas Island Yacht Club on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Allure night club is a “child” of the legendary Cipriani Group which serves the demand of the […]

Italy is a country of shoes! This is why I am not surprised to see how Carlo Pazolini boutique in Milan takes a new approach in their new store representation. An inspiring designer Giorgio Borruso was  hired to design on this  store location near the Duomo. The selected space is  4,150 square feet which formerly […]

This bakery shop is part of a chain of family-run bakeries called ‘Elektra’. The bakery was ready to redefine the look of their shops with this first location in Edessa, Greece. This particular space is small, covering only 377 square feet and conveniently located on the corner of the main pedestrian street. A rigorous design […]

Penny Lane Store Interior Design by Mindful Design

Above is a 3d rendering of Penny Lane frozen yogurt shop interior design located in Bay Area, CA, design by Mindful Design Consulting Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Have you noticed how frozen yogurt industry is going strong next to the ice-cream competitor? Designing a yogurt store is an exciting and at […]

  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

  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 […]

Check out this really creative paint job in the parking garage of the Eureka Tower in Melbourne, Australia.  This work was inspired by Swiss artist Felice Varini and created using a projection technique to apply the words on walls. Only when you are at the correct vantage point do the words snap into alignment and become […]

Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting It is really exciting to see more architectural projects creating interactive spaces. These projects react to surrounding sounds, touch and temperature changes around them.  I truthfully think that interaction will become one of the widely used aspects for future architecture.  Right now these types of projects reach […]

Who said there is no life after death? UK-based Lazerian Studio transforms simple sheets of recycled cardboard into beautiful furnishings, giving the material a new lease of life. A collaboration between furniture designer Liam Hopkins and artist Richard Sweeney, the duo showcased several stunning projects at Milan Design Week, including their Radioleria sofa, which is […]