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Kohler Design Center Celebrates 27 years of inspiration with De Giulio Designed Kitchen

KOHLER, Wis. – Dec 13, 2012 –The Kohler Design Center brings to its acclaimed series of inspiration rooms, Crystal Clear, by renowned designer and author of Kitchen Centric, Mick De Giulio. A maestro of kitchen design, De Giulio infuses his expertise, attention to detail, and love of materials into the project, orchestrating a space of invitation and efficiency.

Crystal Clear is a unique combination of two rooms that house a hard-working prep and entertainment area and adjacent sitting room. Weaving together a combination of products, materials and functional aesthetic to engage the senses, De Giulio designs an environment that is at once a welcoming respite for family gatherings, yet with the right amount of edginess to set the tone for entertaining in style. 

With a career that has spanned over three decades, Chicago-based De Giulio began his lifelong love of design when he was still in his teens, learning the intricacies of good design while working in his father’s cupola shop. “I was always experimenting,” explained De Giulio. “I designed my first kitchen at 19 years old and it has been my passion ever since. I began travelling to Europe and saw kitchens from a global perspective. I was especially taken with the sleek, contemporary designs by fine European kitchen manufacturers, the engineering and logic of German engineers, and the artful expressiveness of Italian artisans.  All has greatly influenced my work.”

Crystal Clear is testimony to De Giulio’s abilities to blur the lines of utilitarian need and the comfortable and familiar, resulting in an inviting kitchen space that resonates with impeccable style. The range of product includes many of his own designs – from the Multiere® stainless steel sink and Bacifiore® entertainment sink by Kallista® – to Metal Boy custom cabinet exclusive to de Giulio kitchen design. 

The Kallista® Multiere® kitchen sink with task-oriented accessories and the Bacifiore® entertainment sink are featured in Crystal Clear, designed by De Giulio to delight both novice and kitchen aficionados.  De Giulio selected fabricated 16-gauge stainless steel to be used in the manufacture of the sinks to ensure that the forms would withstand even the most rigorous daily usage while still remaining beautiful for years to come. “I call stainless steel the consummate neutral,” said De Giulio. “It looks great with everything and will never go out of style because it’s so functional and durable. For those reasons, this material is a classic.”

The Multiere 45x18x18 multi-tiered sink by Kallista in its Brushed Stainless Steel finish, features corner drains to maximize basin space and storage space under the cabinet, a flatware tray for rinsing cutlery, and a removable plantation teak cutting board, which nestles securely to the basin on a glide to allow the board to be re-positioned across the length of the sink as needed. Final touches include a colander holder and a deluxe cutting board with knife holder, sharpening rod, dishcloth holder, and drain board when reversed. The Bacifiore 18x18x18 Entertainment Sink by Kallista in a Polished Distressed Finish disarms in dazzling contrast with its squared configuration and highly polished, hammered interior balanced by a centering drain. 

“I began working on the sliding cutting board systems for my own sink designs in 1999 and kept evolving that concept a little further with each evaluation,” said De Giulio. “I wanted to incorporate all that I love about kitchen design and make functional beautiful. I have long studied how one works and interacts in a kitchen and am constantly seeking new way to make the designs more efficient. From having a handy place for a colander or a useful location to sharpen and store a knife, to ease of chopping, preparing and washing food or where to hang a dish cloth to dry, these are all important functions and when done correctly, make for a harmonious, livable space.”

Also designed by De Giulio is the custom crafted Metal Boy cabinetry. Boasting fumed eucalyptus exterior and a German silver liner, the Metal Boy is both fashionable and functional. The upper cabinet can be customized to fit any space or configuration to address individual needs and tastes, housing pots and pans behind clear glass doors. The lower cabinet is fitted with a drawer to discreetly store lids. The modern design delivers depth and breadth to the kitchen space, while its utilitarian appeal assures the chef’s tools are readily accessible.

For Crystal Clear, De Giulio also specified the KOHLER® Trough kitchen sink with piping hot faucet; Kallista One™ collection pull-down kitchen faucet, wall-mounted pot filler, and soap dispenser; Sub-Zero wine refrigerator; and a Wolf six-burner stainless steel range. De Giulio sourced Iceberg
Quartzite for the countertop and range backsplash, its buttery countenance and rectilinear clean lines playing against the cool silver tones.

A rustic teak anvil supports the countertop, creating organic relief within the room. In juxtaposition to the teakwood’s natural warmth and hand-honed quality is the dramatic ANN SACKS® Nero Marquina marble countertops and ANN SACKS Antique Nickel Pyrite backsplash. Two windows bring in an expanse of natural light that reflects across the recessed, warm silver leafed ceiling appointed with two small ceiling mount crystal chandeliers. Completing the setting is an intimate sitting room tucked behind the main kitchen area where low slung, Klismos-inspired BAKER® Victoire upholstered chairs and the diminutive LeLion Stand from The Jacques Garcia Collection are placed at the ready for cozy conversation.

“I set about to create something that addressed the needs of what happens all around the space, both from an end-user’s perspective and a designer’s perspective,” said De Giulio. “Using my years’ experience as a designer as a guide, I looked at the room from every angle, offering a range of options that address the surrounding environment and specific culinary needs.”

About the Kohler Design Center
The Kohler Design Center, located in Kohler, Wisconsin, is an innovative design resource and showcase of home products from the Kohler family of companies, including Kohler, Kallista®, Sterling® and Jacob Delafon® plumbing products; Robern mirrored cabinets, Ann Sacks tile, stone and plumbing products, Baker® furniture and McGuire® furniture. Open seven days a week, the facility’s inspiring rooms and knowledgeable staff assist consumers, builders, architects and designers alike in creating rooms that inspire gracious living.

About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, tile and home interiors, and an international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.

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