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LAST WORD Every Day – and Client – Is Different Career Lessons from Mick De Giulio Mick De Giulio founded his internationally recognized architecture and design firm de Giulio Kitchen Design in 1984. In 2005, he was named one of the 50 most influential people in the industry over the last 50 years by K+BB, and his projects have been featured throughout the U.S. and abroad in such publications as Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and Architektur & Wohnen. He published Kitchen Centric in 2010 and has designed internationally acclaimed product lines for SieMatic and Kallista. His new projects include designing for Caesarstone and a Beaux Arts Studio in London for SieMatic. De Giulio discussed with K+BB the challenges he’s overcome throughout his career, as well as advice for those starting out. How did you become interested in this industry? When I was young, I worked in my dad’s Detroit-area woodshop where we made cupolas and octagonal windows. I used to go into the shop at night and experiment with making cabinetry. We eventually evolved the business into cabinet making, and when I was 19 years old, I designed my first kitchen. From that point forward, designing kitchens is all I’ve ever done. What/who have been some of your greatest influences? I am inspired by everything – seeing a building, visiting a great hotel; even a word can inspire a creative thought. Frequent traveling has always provided a great opportunity to look at things in a different light as well. What have been some of your favorite projects? Last year, I was asked by House Beautiful to design the Kitchen of the Year, which was built in Rockefeller Center – that was a great experience. Developing the BeauxArts Collections for SieMatic has been a lot of fun, as well as working with Kallista on the line of sinks (with more products in the works). I just finished a residential project in a small town in southern Italy – a palazzo with sections that were built hundreds of years ago. Ironically, that project was only 40 miles from where my father was born. What have been some of you biggest successes? After nearly 30 years of being in business, I’m proud to say that some of the first people I hired are still working with me. Naturally, over the years there have been ups and downs in the economy and world events, but we’ve been very lucky to keep moving ahead. It’s also gratifying to be able to do what I love and deliver something special to a client. What are some challenges you’ve overcome? When I started my company, I was 30 years old and married with three kids (now four). I had a mortgage and not a lot of money. I started out alone, designing and even installing some of my first kitchens. Looking back, I was very lucky to have survived those early days. What advice can you offer on how to run a successful business? 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - September 2013

KBB - September 2013
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
Celebrity Design with...Kelly Ripa
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
Trends
Products
2013 Design Award Winners
A Work of Art
2013 Design Awards: Winning Projects Unveiled
Yacht Club
Landmark Design
Added Visibility
Smooth Flow
California Dreaming
The Chance Taker
Last Word

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