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JUL 2019

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A recent Salerno project ts the mold for New Traditional to perfection. The home kitchen of a professional pastry chef, it blends traditional and contemporary elements, with two-toned cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, black stone countertops, a custom metal hood and traditional lighting. A ceiling detail featuring art deco tin tiles echoes the traditional architecture. But the big challenge here was tting in four ovens. One was a steam oven, an item that Salerno calls "the hot- test appliance today." He raves about his own steam oven and his success cooking exotic dishes in it. He and son Anthony, plus the rest of the design sta, take Culinary Institute of America cooking courses every year. "That's one of the reasons we're leaders in kitchen design," he believes. "We know how a kitchen is supposed to work." MODERN CLASSICISM It's hardly surprising that Mick De Giulio of de Giulio Designs of Wilmette and Chicago, IL welcomes the New Traditional trend. Creating the perfect blend of classic and contemporary elements has been a cornerstone of his work for many years, so he sees the emergence of New Traditional as a great time for creativity. "I expect that we'll see a lot more style crossovers now," he notes. "But let us remember that we don't live in Disney World. Yes, we want the warmth of traditional, but let us keep it real and functional." De Giulio's kitchens for clients from around the world, as well as his product innovations for major manufacturers like SieMatic, Kallista and Sub-Zero/Wolf, oer plenty of proof that this designer heeds his own words. Beauty and function are de- signed into every space, and have resulted in numerous awards and two lavishly illustrated books dedicated to his work. One notable example of De Giulio's aesthetic is a kitchen designed for an antique hilltop palazzo in Southern Italy. There, he turned a dark, -year-old kitchen, unused for years, into a light-lled, joyous and functional space. While he kept the original terrazzo oors, he removed two walls, Mick De Giulio of de Giulio Designs transforms a gloomy, 120-year-old kitchen in an ancient Italian palazzo to a light-filled, joyous and functional space. Stainless steel and glossy lacquered cabinetry provide lots of function and a contemporary vibe with an antique terrazzo floor and cast iron oven doors from the original kitchen, bridging the gap between new and old. The drama that can be achieved with New Traditional is obvious in this lake house designed by Mick De Giulio. White surfaces are contrasted with warm wood and lighting is strategically placed to create intimacy despite soaring ceilings. Photo: Hedrich Blessing Photography Photo: Dave Burk 34 Kitchen & Bath Design News • July 2019 STYLE ALERT

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