This inspiring hotel named East is located in the center of Hamburg’s entertainment district – South West of central Hamburg. East is all about style, relaxation and fun. Even though the existing building is an old industrial factory, right at the entrance canopy you know that there is more inside than what you see on […]

by Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Have you ever tried to start your own coffee shop?  I have!  How do you start?  It’s countless hours of research at the local library and online for any information available.  Now, after working with a few clients on their cafes, I’ve decided to share all my personal […]

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 […]

In ongoing competition with all the new yogurt shops, ice-cream parlours are having hard time keeping up their appearances. Possi ice-cream makers, family run business on the market for the past 40 years, has figured out a way to stand out from the crowd and to make ice-cream as desirable as yogurt. Possi caters fresh […]

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 […]

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 […]

  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 […]

The Opera Garnier’s first restaurant Phantom has opened in July 2011 and already has becoming one of Paris’ hottest spots. It took 6 million Euro and three years to construct this slick place. After a competition, the design of the project was assigned to  Odile DECQ Benoit CORNETTE – Architectes Urbanistes. The striking contrast of […]

  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 […]

  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 […]

  Tumi Store Photo Credit. This information would be interesting if you own a retail business and are looking for a more manageable, easy to use, and almost intuitive point of sale system.  One Step Retail Solutions is a world leader of POS systems and have been around for over 25 years.  The providers of […]

  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 […]

The original text of the interview came from HERE. I found The Franchise Maker company when I was trying to learn more about Franchising. Dave Waldman and I became good friends and referral partners as I started learning more about what it really takes to franchise a business. Now I help Dave’s clients to brand […]

  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 […]

  Did you read the news on how a few fake Apple stores were busted in China recently? What fascinated me the most that the fist sign of a fake store was their poorly done interior! Yes, everything looked almost identical, the name tags on employees’ necks, Apple’ s classic look was even in place, […]

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 […]

  Living in San Diego, it’s always fun to find new exciting places around the city. AIRR Supper Club is one of the newest restaurants that opened Downtown last spring. The Consulting Chef Scott Leibfried. “A self-proclaimed provocative social dining experience, long white leather benches provide most of the seating, encouraging diners to interact with […]

  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 […]

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 […]

Products EGR Zenolite & Stylelite Zenolite® is the new optical polymer, high gloss, multi-purpose acrylic panel that gives a high gloss glass look without the weight of glass, installation and cost restrictions of glass panels, or the design limitations of aluminum framing. If you are looking for that high gloss look for your wall panels, […]

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 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 […]