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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

I know in some situations the budget is the biggest “fun killer” on a design project.  But this is exactly  why I encourage business owners to work closely with your designer from the very beginning and to be open with your budget as much as you can.  We are here to help you to meet […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Today I would love to share some new lighting fixtures for commercial interiors that I am looking at for my new projects. This hair salon complemented by almost paper like fixtures.  The black wall paper helps to complete this sophisticated interior. These red light fixtures add fun and much needed contrast to this all wood […]

By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Have you ever walked into a business space and were shocked by the gloomy, uninviting surrounding created by bad lighting, crazy colors or even smell? What about those times you entered a business and felt like your mood improved, as if you were uplifted and inspired?  Consider the […]

From all the recommendations on how to update your business space or your home, one of the most dramatic and quickest techniques would be to update your lighting fixtures. Lighting fixtures actually are not as hard to replace as you may think and they can add a distinctive character to your space instantly. Besides, most […]