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John Hutton

New York, NY

"John Hutton's sense of scale and proportion redefined 20th century transitional design. Celebrated around the world as the pre-eminent American designer of his generation; his dedication to comfort and quality raised the bar of the entire industry.

While still a student in the late sixties at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Hutton began his design career translating and updating antiques for Louis Maslow & Sons, a New York reproduction house. In 1971 he migrated to San Francisco where he first received recognition in the industry as a designer for Randolph & Hein and Regency House. In 1978, the New York interior designer Angelo Donghia, who already had a textile company, recruited John to help him start a furniture division.

When Angelo passed away in 1985, Hutton stepped in as Design Director and sole designer for Donghia Furniture and in 1986 he invited Joe Doyle, an early collaborator, to join his design team. Over the next decade at Donghia, Hutton and Doyle created the template for a transitional aesthetic that incorporated a seamless blend of function, proportion and timelessness. Also during that time, Hutton collaborated with David and Ann Sutherland to found Sutherland Teak and Perrennials Fabrics: bringing luxury and glamour to the outdoor furnishing market. In 1998, after passing the title of Design Director to his talented neice, Jennifer Hutton, Hutton left Donghia and he and Doyle founded John Hutton International; a product design company dually based in the United States and France.

JHI continues to produce collections for such prestigious companies as Sutherland Furniture, Holly Hunt, Flexform and Hickory Business Furniture. JHI has also partnered with the legendary French manufacturer Counot Blandin to create a series of boutique collections under the banner of Hutton Collections, which include John Hutton Textiles, Ensemble London, Collection Pierre, and PiiArt. In 2013 John Hutton International formally became part owner of Counot Blandin.

Hutton passed away in 2006 but under the direction of Doyle and Hutton's son, Douglas, the company continues the trajectory that defines the transition from the historic to the innovative."