Kitchen designed by Mick De Giulio for entertaining overlooks Las Vegas strip

Large island with polished stainless steel sides and front help this kitchen merge into the open-plan apartment space

The large island in this open-plan kitchen by ceiling, countertop, interior design, table, wall, window
The large island in this open-plan kitchen by Mick De Giulio is designed as a place for guests to congregate and enjoy the preparation process as if watching a show.

Designing a kitchen for a large open plan space can be very much a balancing act. On one hand you want a kitchen that has a presence all of its own, but on the other you don't want it to dominate the rest of the interior.

For the kitchen shown here there was another factor to consider the incredible views out to the Las Vegas strip.

It was those views that were the major attraction for owner Benson Riseman when he bought the apartment plus that the empty shell gave him the opportunity to customise the interior to his own liking.

"I love to entertain, so the kitchen needed to have a large island for preparation and to be a place where people could congregate and eat," Riseman says. "I wanted dinner preparation to be like a show, but once finished I wanted all the noise and clean-up to be out of sight."

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Plan of a kitchen by MIck De Giulio for a Las Vegas apartment. The main kitchen is designed as a place for guests to congregate and enjoy a meal. A secondary kitchen, tucked out of sight, is for preparation and clean-up.

It was the desire to have the freedom to create something individual rather than having to adjust an existing system that led him to designers Mick De Giulio and Kathy Manzella.

One of the first things De Giulio did was to use a newly raised floor to house plumbing for the island something the original services plan didn't allow for.

"Because the owner entertains a lot, he needed a kitchen that didn't look like a kitchen," says De Giulio.

That's partly achieved by the materials used, including the polished stainless steel on the front and sides of the island and high gloss walnut cabinetry below the cooktop.

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Polished stainless on the island and high gloss walnut cabinetry below the cooktop reflect the warm maple flooring in this kitchen by Mick De Giulio.

"The stainless becomes almost a non-material," he says. "You can't predict what it will do because what it reflects changes from different angles and with the time of day. But it always looks good."

The effect is also something that appeals to the owner.

"The reflective views of the outside give the kitchen breathing room," he says. "It helps create a feeling of size, but without being too overwhelming."

Meanwhile, a second kitchen tucked to the side of the show' kitchen allows some of the preparation and clean-up to be done behind the scenes.

Credit list

Rick Sellers, Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto
Kitchen design
Mick De Giulio and Kathy Manzella
de Giulio Collection in cloak gloss walnut, polished stainless steel and glass, white oak with Wren Grey finish, ebonised walnut
Kitchen stools
Poltrona Frau
Kitchen sinks
Clean-up area – Kallista Soltiere in stainless steel; range wall – de Giulio Collection sink in hammered polished stainless steel; island – Kallista Multiere in stainless steel
de Giulio Collection hood canopy in stainless steel
Waste disposal
Interior designer
Nicole Sassaman, Design Life
Cabinet company
de Giulio Collection, de Giulio Kitchen Design
Polished Iceberg quartzite; brushed stainless steel
Polished Iceberg quartzite
Dornbracht in polished chrome
Wolf induction

Story by: Paul Taylor

17 Sep, 2015

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