Holly Hunt (USA, b. 1945)

The success of Holly Hunt—both the designer and her eponymous empire of textile and furnishings showrooms—is based on instinct. The Chicago-based Hunt trusts her own tastes, reflected in her signature lines of elegant, low-key furniture and fabrics. She also trusts her judgment about the wants of the buying public, and this savvy sensibility has allowed her to cultivate and market the work of a range of contemporary talents, from minimalists like Christian Liaigre to eccentrics like Christian Astuguevieille. Hunt is a design world impresario — a prominent arbiter for stylish modern interiors and known foremost for fabrics, furniture designs and light fixtures. Modern sophistication, attention to detail, and a desire to cultivate talented contemporary designers are at the crux of the company’s success.


     Born in central Texas to schoolteacher parents, Hunt was a creative girl who made her own clothes and bickered with her mother about decor. After graduating from Texas Tech, Hunt worked as department-store buyer and costume jewelry designer before marrying and helping her husband build a multimillion dollar transport company. Her hobby was decorating their homes. After the two divorced, Hunt purchased a showroom in the Chicago Merchandise Mart in 1983. Within 10 years, she was winning applause for her understated designs, her lavish showroom parties and her eye for rising design stars. Liaigre was her first discovery. Correctly surmising that his pared down furniture in dark wood would play well in the United States in the aftermath of the go-go ’80s, Hunt began marketing the French designer’s work in 1994.


     Over the subsequent years Hunt has added a half-dozen showrooms and, following her own style barometer, has taken on other fresh talents, including glassmaker Alison Berger, French designer Christophe Pillet and couturier Ralph Rucci, making a foray into home design.


     One constant over that time have been the aesthetics of Hunt’s own designs. Her fabrics — the first choice of many dealers when re-upholstering vintage seating — are understated, mixing muted colors and updates of classic patterns. Her furniture is simple and refined. As you will see on these pages, the name Holly Hunt represents a sense of timelessness and sophistication.

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Nabab Sofa by Christian Liaigre

By Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt
Nabab Sofa by Christian Liaigre
Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt
Late 20th Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery
Sculptural sofa by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt. The sofa is raised on a solid oak base.
Holly Hunt Brown Leather Swivel Chairs

By Holly Hunt
Holly Hunt Brown Leather Swivel Chairs
Holly Hunt
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Swivel Chairs
Leather
Masculine lines in a chocolate Holly Hunt leather. Chairs feature separate leather lumbar pillows. Price is per chair.
Danny Alessandro Fine Fire Place Tool Set 1980s

By Danny Alessandro, Holly Hunt
Danny Alessandro Fine Fire Place Tool Set 1980s
Danny Alessandro, Holly Hunt
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Fireplace Tools and Chimney Pots
Brass, Steel
Tool set model #196-02 in steel and brass by Danny Alessandro and sold through Holly Hunt, American, 1980s.
Holly Hunt Light Beech Tan Leather Bar Stools Set of Three

By Holly Hunt, Bright Furniture
Holly Hunt Light Beech Tan Leather Bar Stools Set ...
Holly Hunt, Bright Furniture
20th Century American Modern Stools
Leather, Beech
Vintage 1990s highest quality contemporary design holly hunt by Bright Chair Co. Set of three natural light beech upholstered in the finest great plains textured light tan leather bar s...
Holly Hunt Madagascar Cocktail Table

By Holly Hunt
Holly Hunt Madagascar Cocktail Table
Holly Hunt
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Marble, Oak
Holly Hunt's Madagascar Table with Marble Top and bullnose edge. Ebonized oak base.
Christian Liaigre "Rebed" at Holly Hunt, 1995

By Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt
Christian Liaigre "Rebed" at Holly Hunt, 1995
Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt
1990s American Modern Bedroom Furniture
Wood
A dramatic four poster queen size "Rebed" by French designer Christian Liaigre at Holly Hunt.
Holly Hunt Design Faux Shark Skin Sofa

By Holly Hunt
Holly Hunt Design Faux Shark Skin Sofa
Holly Hunt
20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Holly Hunt design faux shark skin sofa, mahogany frame with removable tall side panels attached with brass hinges at the back., raised on four block feet across front and back, upholste...
Pair of 19th Century Style, Italian, Gold Leafed, Two Light Wall Sconces
Pair of 19th Century Style, Italian, Gold Leafed, ...
Holly Hunt
Late 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Revival Wall Lights and Sconces
Giltwood
This stylish pair of giltwood wall sconces are hand-carved and were recently acquired from a Palm Beach estate.  
Pair of Holly Hunt for Sutherland Lounge Chairs

By Holly Hunt, Sutherland
Pair of Holly Hunt for Sutherland Lounge Chairs
Holly Hunt, Sutherland
20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Mahogany
Mahogany with sloping slatted backs and shaped and woven rattan sides. Raised on square tapering legs. With gray on beige upholstery. Condition: a few scrapes to the lower frame front ...
Large Holly Hunt Wrought Iron and Crystal Scroll Form Chandelier Custom Shades

Large Holly Hunt Wrought Iron and Crystal Scroll F...
Holly Hunt
Vintage 1960s Unknown Hollywood Regency Chandeliers and Pendants
A Holly Hunt wrought iron and crystal scroll form chandelier. From a spectacular home on the North Shore of Long Island comes this fine Holly Hunt wrought iron and crystal chandelier. T...
Pair of Holly Hunt Slipper Chairs in Amazing New Upholstery

By Holly Hunt
Pair of Holly Hunt Slipper Chairs in Amazing New U...
Holly Hunt
1990s American Modern Slipper Chairs
Upholstery
Holly Hunt wood frame slipper chairs with new very high end upholstery. Zebra style striping.