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         Designer Explores Changing World of Kitchens
                                                      De Giulio also has                                                      He concludes:        either more or less creative ways.

                                                                                                       Photo: Dale Fahey
         By Mervyn Kaufman                        his ear to the ground                                                    “To me, holistic        The less creative ways are what’s
                                   CHICAGO —      where potential clients                                                  means a total design,   already been done – that’s this style,

                   ick De Giulio is expanding     are concerned, aware                                                     one that combines       that’s this theme, we can bracket
                   his professional horizons.     that their goals have                                                    space, color, light     this formula. The more creative
                   Having designed kitchens       taken a noticeable shift                                                 and proportion –        ways involve doing something new.”
                   for the better part of three   in recent years.                                                         everything working      For example, he points out that
         decades, De Giulio is now venturing          “People are                                                          together to create      special detailing on the windows
         into major all-home projects while       looking to holistic                                                      a welcoming,            or the treatment of flooring might
         supervising the work of interior         design, which goes                                                       comforting spirit.”     make a big statement along with the
         designers brought into each project.     well beyond pretty                                                                               cabinetry.
             “We’re now fabricating our           cabinets and finishes                                                    SINGULAR VISION             “I think these factors really
         own metal work – cabinets, hoods,        and a nice backsplash,” Mick De Giulio                    Often clients start                    add up to the fact that there isn’t
         hardware, light fixtures and racks,”     he says. “What                                            out focused on                         any one way to approach design. In
         notes De Giulio, principal of de         they’re responding to now is the         improving a single aspect of their                      fact, there are many different ways
         Giulio kitchen design, based here.       [combination of possibilities] that      kitchen’s current design but, with                      to approach design, depending on
         The design firm also has a location      create a whole: with everything          little pressure, ultimately decide                      the dynamic taking place within a
         in Wilmette, IL.                         revolving about a specific space.”       to do much more. “As we all know,”                      particular space,” he stresses.
                                                                                           he says, “the impetus to redoing
                                                                                           most kitchens often stems from the                      LIVING DREAMS
                                                                                           concern about aging appliances. It                      De Giulio, who designed the
                                                                                           turns out, of course, that dimensions                   Chicago Merchandise Mart’s first
                                                                                           have changed over the years, and                        DreamHome exhibit in 2005,
                                                                                           there’s often no room for the most                      was selected to design the 2009
                                                                                           desirable new appliances.”                              version. He also produces a cabinet
                                                                                                According to his speech at the                     collection, the Hudson Valley Line,
                                                                                           “Driven by Design” event at this                        that was included in the recent
                                                                                           year’s K/BIS, this will also help his                   restoration of Blair House, the
                                                                                           firm – and, indeed, all kitchen firms                   historic presidential guest quarters
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