Fruits of Labor

As you may deduce from the above shot, I am no photographer. But I do have an appreciative eye for details, and this shallow 'bowl' carved into the counter of Mick De Giulio's #KOTY project for House Beautiful magazine is a sweet one. I asked him about its genesis; he told me that some time ago, working on a commission in Maui, a length of lychee wood that had been destined for a work surface was damaged in handling. Rather than scrap the slab, Mick tweaked the design to overwrite the flaw—and a signature detail was born.