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 […]

  This project started in 2006 when a Singaporean movie director and an ex musician from south of China decided to open a live bar in Shanghai, China. The project’s budget was very low, but thanks to the client’s imagination it became a success! The concept for the design derived from “a caved space formed […]

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 […]

Original text came from HERE. Last year, in May 2010 newsletter I shared some of the latest Architecture trends. Today I’d love to point out some current design trends in commercial office interiors, restaurants and other businesses. It’s very difficult to note every trend that is current in commercial interior design but I’ve selected some […]

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 […]

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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 […]

This unusual shoe store in Tokyo skillfully exhibits one of the latest trends in retail store design and in architecture: creating  a distinctive contrast of a white background color with bright colors of the product itself and/or small pieces of furniture and design elements. Similar design trend can bee seen in the dessert store in […]

  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 […]

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 This frisky frozen yogurt shop in London has been designed with summertime in mind, from the picture perfect glass floor, the LED changing colors ceiling to the colorful flowers on the walls. Everything flows together and makes the shop fresh and inviting to its consumers. Before entering […]

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 […]

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 […]

This fun LED Flashing Board is not like any regular Menu board or advertising sign you see every day. This sign will flash in different colors and the message can be customized to your menu change or any special sale. The sign can be used on windows, walls or freestanding on a special easel to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

If bare naked wall is too boring and wall art stickers just do not cut it, give your wall a makeover with Lamellux designer wall panels! With the vast improvements in laser cutting, laminating and thermoforming technologies, wall coverings can now be fluid, organically curving or in geometric motifs. Lamellux panels can be installed as […]