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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Pair of Stylish Modern Club Chairs by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt
By Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt
By Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt
Dimensions: H 28 in. W 41.5 in. D 31.5 in.
Dealer Location: Brooklyn, NY
Pair of Stylish Modern Club Chairs by Christian Li...
Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt
Early 2000s American Modern Club Chairs
This stylish pair of oversized club chairs by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt makes a striking addition to home or business seating area. The clean modern design of this matched pair p...
Holly Hunt Sofa
By Holly Hunt
By Holly Hunt
Dimensions: H 28.5 in. W 7 ft. 0.5 in. D 32 in.
Dealer Location: Chicago, IL
Materials & Techniques: Upholstery
Holly Hunt Sofa
Holly Hunt
2010s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery
Holly hunt sofa with channeled back, reupholstered with mohair and walnut legs.        
Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt Cocktail Table
By Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt
By Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt
Dimensions: H 16 in. W 39 in. D 5 ft. 2 in.
Dealer Location: Westport, CT
Materials & Techniques: Oak
Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt Cocktail Table
Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Oak
American, white oak, 1990s, unmarked.
Set of Six Midcentury Tall Back Dining Chairs
Dimensions: H 4 ft. W 21.5 in. D 19 in.
Dealer Location: Atlanta, GA
Materials & Techniques: Upholstery, Wood
Set of Six Midcentury Tall Back Dining Chairs
Holly Hunt
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Set of six midcentury tall back dining chairs, American, circa 1960s. Original chairs like these are the inspiration for Holly Hunt designs of the last few years. These chairs are curre...
Pair of Boke Coffee Tables by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt ,1998 France
By Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt
Dimensions: H 15 in. W 33.5 in. D 33.5 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Pair of Boke Coffee Tables by Christian Liaigre fo...
Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt
1990s French Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Both tables have a dark brown stained oak tops supported by four leg platform base in black stained oak.
Wool and Silk Rug from Holly Hunt's Beyond Borders Collection
Dimensions: W 9 ft. 1 in.
Dealer Location: Dallas, TX
Materials & Techniques: Wool, Silk
Wool and Silk Rug from Holly Hunt's Beyond Borders...
Holly Hunt
21st Century and Contemporary Modern More Carpets
Wool, Silk
Beautiful rug with charcoal, ivory and chartreuse colors. Rug is very lightly used. Has been cleaned and has some overall discoloration and yellowing in the ivory section but looks very...
Nabab Sofa by Christian Liaigre
By Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt
By Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt
Dimensions: H 29 in. W 5 ft. 10 in. D 40.5 in.
Dealer Location: San Leandro, CA
Materials & Techniques: Upholstery
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.
Large Holly Hunt Wrought Iron and Crystal Scroll Form Chandelier
Dimensions: H 42 in. Dm 34 in.
Dealer Location: Stamford, CT
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
By Holly Hunt
Dimensions: H 36 in. W 30 in. D 28 in.
Dealer Location: Norwalk, CT
Materials & Techniques: Upholstery
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.