Designer Profile: Laura Hunt

Repeatedly named to Architectural Digest’s exclusive “AD 100” list, Laura Hunt is inter-nationally acclaimed for her spectacular but enduring interiors. Laura works with a select clientele, giving each client the benefit of her considerable experience, her zeal for truly custom interiors, and a relentless drive to perfect even the smallest details.

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What inspired this career path for you? I started my design career in my mid-40s but the seeds were planted years earlier when I hired renowned designer Kalef Alaton. With Kalef’s encouragement and support, I acted as my own architect, contractor, and landscaper, and together we designed my Dallas home. It was truly a great collaboration that was published by Architectural Digest shortly after the completion. I then always helped friends when they needed design assistance, and in 1999, my “big break” occurred when a dear friend asked me to recommend a designer for his New York triplex. And who better to recommend than myself! The following year, Architectural Digest put me on their AD100 and I haven’t looked back since!

What is your go-to source for inspiration? I’m a bit of a bookworm! I love books; so much that I built floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in my bedroom and sleep surrounded by them. I adore my library, and have been collecting books and saving shelter magazines since I was 19. Even with all the websites, my go-to for starting a project is to scour my books.

Tell us about your creative process. The process begins with the project’s setting. I look at the surroundings, landscape, the colors of nature, and from that I begin to envision the palette. From there, I select fabrics and furnishings, and the rest is “magic” (and a lot of work).

Describe your style in 6 words or less. There is no moniker for my style. Every project is so different, but I think they are all elegant, timeless, detailed, sophisticated, whimsical, and restrained.

What’s a staple in your tool kit? A level. Pet peeve: art hanging cockeyed!

Who do you look up to in the design world? Dorothy Draper changed the design world and I admire everything she has done. She was an amazing businesswoman and broke through what was previously “a man’s world”. And the dear Alberto Pinto will always be one of the greats.

If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be? A silent client with a very deep pocketbook!

Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote. “The devil’s in the details.”

Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without? I am afraid I was a little late to the show, but recently I’ve become enamored with Pinterest.

Share a little bit about the pieces you’re consigning on Viyet, e.g., do any have unique backstories, in what kind of space do you hope they end up, etc.? All the pieces were used or were going to be used in one of my projects or personal homes. There is a huge variety to the collection, akin to my variety in design. From my playful early 19th C. European style pied-à-terre in New York to a traditional southwestern ranch in New Mexico with a little Mid-Century modern high rise mixed in. Or it was something I had to have…but I’ve run out of room!

What do you love about Viyet? Aside from helping me clean out my treasure trove, Viyet truly bridges the gap between designers and the consumer with their keen eye and curated collections.

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