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John Hutton

Innovative American furniture designer John Hutton was born in 1947 and raised in West Islip, NY. Hutton is considered one of the most prolific designers of his generation; he is credited with thousands of designs in over 20 different furniture, textile and lighting collections. His innovative creations include the klismos-style Anziano Chair made of bentwood and metal for the American Academy in Rome, as well as Ghost, a modernist club chair designed to look like a sheet draped over a classic wingback chair. In 1971, after completing his education at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, he moved to San Francisco to work as a designer for Randolph & Hein and Regency House. Then in 1978, New York interior designer Angelo Donghia, well known for his textile firm, asked him to assist in starting a furniture division. Together with Donghia, Hutton worked on the homes of such celebrities as Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli and Ralph Lauren. Hutton took over as Design Director and sole designer for Donghia Furniture when Donghia passed away in 1985. He began a longtime collaborative relationship with Joe Doyle, focusing on a 20th-century transitional style that blended function and proportion with both contemporary and classic forms. He also collaborated with David and Ann Sutherland to found Sutherland Teak and Perennials Fabrics; the firm brought groundbreaking luxury and glamour to the outdoor furnishings market. Finally, in 1998, Hutton founded his own company, John Hutton International, which is dually based in the United States and France. The designer's works are on display in museums around the country, including Brooklyn Museum and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Hutton passed away in 2006; his son Douglas continues to lead the company he founded.