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As an arbiter of refined taste, Holly Hunt’s eye for what is now and next has led to her success. She opened showrooms coast to coast, designed her own collections of home furnishings and is regarded for her creative and entrepreneurial leadership in the interior design industry. Holly received the IIDA Titan Award in Chicago; the Lifetime Achievement Award for Design Excellence from the Society of Architecture and Design at The Art Institute of Chicago; and the prestigious National IIDA Leadership Award for Excellence. Holly sold her business to Knoll Inc. in 2014, and HOLLY HUNT Inc. still remains a standalone entity under the Knoll umbrella. Holly remains CEO today overseeing all creative departments and HOLLY HUNT showrooms worldwide. She currently resides in Chicago and Aspen, serving on the board of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Council of the Aspen Art Museum.
I am EMPOWERED by: Energy, spirit and determination to do it right or the best — whatever “it” is.
I am INSPIRED by: An epiphany. That sudden knowledge to solve a problem or understand a person or issue or design. I feel it is a spiritual gift.
I am ENAMORED by: Talent and artistic work that I love.
I first fell in love with design/architecture: For as long as I can remember, but operationally, likely when I made my first dress in 4th or 5th grade. Then I wanted to do my own room in our new house different from my mom’s color and style.
My favorite hotel is: For work: Lowes Regency in New York; For beauty and rest: the COMO Shambhala in Bali.
My pets are: Bengal cat brothers, named Trouble and Meli, with gorgeous coats and beautiful green eyes. Trouble died last month, so sad. Meli is 14. Bengals are much smarter than most cats (and a few people!).
The last best style accessory I purchased was: A pair of the best, lightest weight sunglasses from Lowey’s in London…big and fabulous.
Favorite heirloom in my home: My large, 4-foot-tall Chinese dragon urn, from the Ming Dynasty.