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 […]

by Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting This Gelato Store in London clearly breaks all the traditional rules of balancing out the use of different materials. By creating a sharp contrast between raw concrete and soft furniture pieces, a new exciting brand appeared.  This London ice cream parlour called Polka Gelato was designed by branding […]

by Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting If you have not painted your home for over 6 years, it would be a good idea to freshen up the look.  Painting the exterior of your house is not only pleasing esthetically, it protects surfaces from deterioration and helps avoid more costly repairs later.  Since I was […]

AVMazzega is one of my favorite lighting design companies. It was established in 1946 by Gianni Bruno Mazzega and now one of the largest and oldest glasswork studios on the famous island of Murano in the Venice lagoon. I love the combination of traditional elements and shapes with very contemporary materials and finishes in these […]

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 […]

Today I’d love to introduce these slick small light fixtures which will add that extra character to any interior. This Small Lights Collection was created by Neo Design, a design studio established in 2005 by the Portuguese Industrial Designer Rodrigo Vairinhos in Witten, Germany.  The former design studio has produced an exceptional brand called NEO. […]

Have you ever felt unsafe leaving your purse just hanging behind you on your chair in a restaurant?  I have.  This unique furniture designed by recent Eindhoven graduate Kaman Tung addresses the safety and comfort at the same time. This furniture’s original use is a public space: restaurants, cafes or anywhere you would want keep […]

Since it’s getting closer to Halloween I would like to introduce some whimsical design elements to get you into the spirit. How would you like to have a tail this fall?  It’s not a joke!  This creative stool design called Tail does offer a generous tail which can be utilized. The Tail Stool is a […]

Lzf lamps started as a small company making creative lights practically in their garage. The company was founded at the end of 1994 and ever since it has grown to a well known brand. All lights are handmade exclusively out of wood veneer right from the start. The unusual material for lamps creates spectacular lighting […]

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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 […]

  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 […]

Yesterday I visited an excellent showroom in Miramar area, San Diego, called Fixtures Living and I would love to share some of my findings in the latest kitchen design trends.  I snapped these photos with my Iphone, so please excuse the quality. The latest trend in kitchen design is combining two different tones of wood […]

  I was never a big fan of using green color for a restaurant from a psychological perspective.  Even design experts never considered green to be an “appetizing” color. But looking at this restaurant’s refreshing green color pallet I am convinced it can work. Weinerwald restaurant in Munich was designed by Appolito Fleitz Group, a […]

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 […]

  Today’s blog post is all about designing railing for your stairs.  These ideas can be used at home or at your business interior design.  I hope these images will inspire you to be more creative when providing something as functional as a stair rail. Let’s start with these beautiful glass stair rails.  Glass is […]

  Going into a restaurant what would be the most desirable view for you?  Inspired by the latest Yahoo news on  restaurants with the best views I want to introduce you one of the restaurants from that list. This world famous restaurant is located in Dubai – Pierchic. Unfortunately I was not able to find […]

  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 […]

  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 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 […]

  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 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 […]

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 – […]

  Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Are you tired of your same old interior of your business?  Does your cafe, restaurant, hotel, or an office need some excitement in its decor? How about changing it up with new lighting effects?  It’s one of the quickest and most effective solutions there is! These […]

  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 […]

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 […]

Have you ever been puzzled trying to figure our what could make your office interior, or maybe your kitchen walls look slick and contemporary without spending too much money?  Well, here is an easy solution – back painted glass! Not only back painted glass look slick, it becomes a very functional surface and can replace […]

  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 […]

  Hello Pasta is a new fast food restaurant concept recently started in New York. As the name suggests the restaurant serves different types of pasta.  The place was favored by most people from the start. Hello Pasta features, expertly cooked pastas paired with incredible variation of sauces. You can eat in or takeout via […]

Today I would love to share this innovative eyewear store design located in Venice, CA. The design concept was inspired from the curves of a sand dunes landscape in combination with a skateboard park’s simple construction. The bent plywood is being cut our to create interesting shapes and to function as shelving on the walls. […]