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How to Decorate With Emerald – New Color of the Year 2013 – Commercial Interior Design News

emerald color of 2013

The Pantone Institute has announced its 2013 color of the year.  It’s Emerald! They simply put is this way: “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” We can expect to see emerald color being used in fashion, furniture upholstery, and new interiors. Learn more about […]

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Crowns & Coronets Wallpaper by Graham & Brown

The highly anticipated royal wedding of prince Williams has inspired this chic wallpaper collection “Crowns and Coronets.”  It’s another creative work by a UK-based company Graham & Brown. ” The wallpaper is also designed to be interactive so you can be creative Jazzing it up with ‘Royal’ Jewels – glittering self adhesive pieces. As a […]

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Striking Optical Illusion Cafe Interior Design – Commercial Interior Design News

Cafe Interior Design

The Logomo Cafe is all about experiencing the stunning optical illusion from graphics all around the space. Although similar to Tobias Rehberger’s (German artist) cafeteria at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, the Logomo is more elegant and light. The Cafe Logomo is another inspiring place created by German artist Tobias Rehberger and Artek furniture brand. This […]

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Futuristic Lighting System Bolla from Italy – Commercial Interior Design News

This futuristic lighting system called Bolla was designed by an Italian company Incontroardito. The company started by specializing in production of ceramics.  After achieving international success with their products Incontroardito branched into selling other products such as stone tiles untill Dominico De Palo transformed the company by creating something this unique and exciting! Bolla system […]

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Nonporous Dupont Corian in Interior Design – Commercial Interior Design News

These fascinating modern light fixtures and overall interiors came from a New York-based Dupont Corian Design Studio. The designers used the latest innovations in lighting and technology to create this “place of refuge” inspired by Japanese landscape. This exhibit space displays the infinite possibilities provided by the extraordinary material. Nonporous Dupont Corian is a high […]

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Commercial Interior Design Trends for 2012

By Ekaterina Kohlwes From Mindful Design Consulting See full text of February Newsletter HERE. 2012 is a Chinese year of a Black Dragon which brings new energy and action into our interiors. So what can you use to achieve positive movement in your interior? See what industry leaders are doing this year. 1. Rebranding Rebranding […]

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Sand Blasted or Stained Glass Art For Any Interior – Commercial Interior Design News

Sand Blasted or Stained Glass Art always fascinates me as an interior designer.  Colored glass can create mystical spaces by redirecting sunlight and reflecting its colors onto walls, ceiling and floor of your space.  Today I’d love to introduce Ernie Orfila, a local San Diego glass artist.  Below he talks about his art and some […]

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Merging in One With Technology – an Interior Design Trend of 2012 – Commercial Interior Design News

Technology can be negative for some businesses or to be specific, some retailers (the ability to check prices online while shopping at a store) or it can be helpful. Either you are ready or not, IPad menus, interactive displays, and other innovative technological advancements are coming your way.  You can get a discount at some […]

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Interior Design Based on Neuroscience is 2012 New Trend – Commercial Interior Design News

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 […]

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Solar Bench Design – Commercial Interior Design News

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 […]

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Eyewear Store Design in Munich – Commercial Interior Design News

This Freudenhaus Eyewear Store was designed by Aigner Architecture. The overall design follows the idea of simplicity and high quality of the product itself.  Clear lines, simple forms and high-quality materials provide a superior stage for displaying the designer glasses. The futuristic interior concept was developed to trigger interest and curiosity of a younger target group. […]

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Electric Orange Red is the Color of 2012 – Commercial Interior Design News

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 […]

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Fractal Mathematical Imagery Art – Business Interior Design News

Michael Sussna – Math Art Mage Today I would like to introduce one of the most fascinating contemporary types of art – Fractal Imagery. Fractal imagery is a relatively young yet already rich field.  Though different from traditional artmaking, this digital approach still accommodates a well-developed esthetic sense.  Mastery of this new toolset permits results […]

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Separating Restaurant Spaces With Fabric – Restaurant Interior Design News

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. […]

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Organic Restaurant Combines Interior and Furniture in One – Restaurant Design News

If you think Gaudi‘s designs are out of this world, take a look at this amazing restaurant design in Japan! From conceptual coffee house, a sake bar, a sushi restaurant and a lounge, designed especially for the unique culture of youth in Harajuku district of Japan, this building came to life. Spectacular oceanic motifs and […]

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Interactive Storefront in Cafe Design – Business Interior Design News

Who else if not Starbucks has become a leader in using interactive displays for their storefronts. To launch My Starbucks Rewards program, the company has installed interactive storefronts at its highest traffic locations in Canada. These interactive storefronts are essentially window displays that encourage user interaction in return for rewards. Offering rewards  is definitely a […]

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Suggestive Selling In A Retail Environment – Commercial Interior Design News

  See original text HERE, by Ekaterina Kohlwes. Why would you want to hire a professional interior designer instead of decorating your store or your business yourself in your own style? Today I will give you some examples of what a professional designer can do for you. Everything we create around ourselves will affect us […]

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Creative Lighting by an Architect – Commercial Interior Design News

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 […]

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Funky Squishy Chairs Acting as Sculptures – Commercial Interior Design News

  How would you like your outdoor chairs to act and to looks as something else while not in use? Take a look at the Bounce chair by Véronique Baer. These chairs are foam sculptures which transforms into soft and comfortable seating with one move. When a person stands up, it gets restored to it’s […]

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Bar Interior Using Only One Image – Commercial Interior Design News

  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 […]

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Managing $35 Billion Target Brand…

  Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting In my last article about Target I was pointing out how the local Mission Valley Target store was completely overpowering Sears Essentials with creative branding techniques. Today I found an interesting article about how Target manages its $35 billion brand. The article reveals the enormous number […]

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Interactive Wall Mapping – Interior Design Concept

Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting This colorful interactive wall mapping caught my attention because of the possibilities of its application.  This is the latest product from Strukt Design Studio, an Austrian company. The main idea is to map the architecture of walls in a space by lighting them up with  projected images […]

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Interactive Touchscreen – Commercial Interior Design Application

Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting With the appearance of touch screens, IPhones and IPads what else can we get excited about?  I am always fascinated by futuristic movies showing holographic projections of control screens in a thin air floating over work stations.  Today I want to talk about similar interactive technology – […]

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B-Surfaces – Interactive Architecture – Commercial Interior New Material

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 […]

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Commercial Interior Design News – Colors to Support Your Message

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 […]

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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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Interactive Architecture

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 […]

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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 […]