Meet Mick De Giulio and take his tour of his kitchen of the year butler’s pantry.
Mick De Giulio is one of the most influential American kitchen designers working today. So it was a pleasure to tour the urbane Kitchen of the Year he designed for House Beautiful in Rockefeller Center. One of my favorite areas of the kitchen was the diminutive butler’s pantry – a mere 100 square feet. I love butler’s pantries because they are intimate spaces that house the best stuff, i.e. the “good dishes” and serving pieces. Turns out, Mick De Giulio loves them, too.
A few additional notes. This pantry faces the outdoor kitchen and lounging area in Rockefeller Plaza. The window wall ties it into the main kitchen area by using the same exquisite Ann Sacks handmade glass and gold-leaf tile used in the main kitchen. The Kohler sink is Annapolis Blue, another tie in.
On both sides, the glass-front KraftMaid Sedona Maple upper cabinets, painted Dove White, are free floating and stop inches from the window wall. To catch as much light as possible the backs of each cabinet are mirrored. Additionally, they are lighted and fitted with glass shelves.
In the video, Mick refers to the difference between the backsplash and counter top on each side of the pantry. Each ‘splash is made of smoked mirror panels. On the right side, the panels are self-framed with beveled mirror. A rep from Grothouse Lumber, who fabricated the elegant semigloss walnut counters, explains that they are specially treated to make them waterproof and scratch proof.
The opposite side of the pantry backsplash has the mirrored panels framed in white, a super-refined difference. Here, you can also spot the way the cabinets come nearly to the end of the wall, so they “float,” as Mick explained.
I was so busy taking in the details at eye level and below, I nearly missed the blue Venetian plaster cove ceiling decorated with a pair of stunning gilded iron Apollo fixtures from Circa Lighting.
All in all — heavenly!
Take a tour of Mick De Giulio’s Kitchen of the Year 2012.
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