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Retailer Holly Hunt Shows You Her Favorite Things

Some of the most exquisite pieces from Hunt’s collection—plus a handful of her favorite personal possessions—come together dramatically in this historic Gold Coast co-op.

Photos: Anna Knott

Although Holly Hunt sold the eponymous luxury home furnishings business she founded 31 years ago, the 68-year-old is still CEO and remains as driven to sell the best of the best as when she opened a showroom in the Merchandise Mart in 1983. “We will keep doing what we’re doing and more of it,” says Hunt, who plans to open another showroom in London this fall. Some of the most exquisite pieces from her collection—plus a handful of Hunt’s favorite personal possessions—come together in dramatic fashion in her historic Gold Coast co-op.
 

Necklace

Necklace

“This lariat from Mexico City will look even nicer with a little tarnish.”

 

De Kooning painting

De Kooning painting

“It’s also painted on the back, but this is the better side.”

 

Christian Lacroix plate

Christian Lacroix plate

($79, christian-lacroix.com)
“I like the primitive pattern.”

 

Alison Berger floor lamp

Alison Berger floor lamp

($8,650, Holly Hunt, Merchandise Mart)
“This creates wonderful ambiance.”

 

‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

($30, Barnes & Noble, 1130 N. State St.)
“I love the quote, ‘Perhaps coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.’ ”
Photo: Courtesy of publisher

 

Orchids

Orchids

(from $7.99, Orchids by Hausermann, 2N134 Addison Rd., Villa Park)
“Orchids live so long and look beautiful.”

 

Gene Summers chairs

Gene Summers chairs

($13,900, Holly Hunt)
“Gene worked with Mies van der Rohe before becoming an artist.”

 

Bronze horse statues by Sal Domingo

Bronze horse statues by Salvador Dominguez

(from $1,680, Holly Hunt)
“These would look beautiful on any tabletop.”

 

Maison Ullens jacket

Maison Ullens jacket

($2,500, maisonullens.com)
“I’ve lost some weight and I look good in it.”

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