Mick De Giulio
Q & A
Mick De Giulio
Regional Award Winner
Widely recognized for growing and bringing distinction to kitchen interiors, Mick De Giulio has been designing innovative kitchens for nearly 40 years. He was named a Kitchen and Bath Design Leader by Interior Design magazine and was recognized by Kitchen and Bath Business magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in the kitchen and bath industry over the last 50 years.
He has designed product lines for SieMatic and Kallista, demonstration kitchens for the Chicago Tribune, Sub- Zero Freezer/Wolf Appliance and Meredith Corporation, and the kitchens at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, a luxury condominium building in Chicago. His design of House Beautiful magazine's 2012 Kitchen of the Year was showcased in New York's Rockefeller Plaza. Mick's work has been extensively published, he is a frequent speaker at industry and trade events, and he is the author of Kitchen Centric.
Where do you find design inspiration?
My clients are the best source of inspiration. When I can capture their personality in my design, I know the kitchen will be unique and they’ll love it.
How do you approach the design process?
I listen to what my client is telling me – things that are spoken and unspoken – and I try to interpret that into my design. I also try to eliminate or at least suspend barriers or preconceived limitations.
What makes your aesthetic stand out amongst other designers?
There are a lot of designers doing some really great work and we all have our DNA that makes us what we are and guides our approach to design challenges. I just try to be creative and break out of my own boundaries on everything I do.
What is the greatest value you provide to your clients?
I think a good designer is someone who not only addresses what the client wants out of the project, but someone who goes beyond, by identifying and then solving challenges that would have never occurred to the client.