Strategic Decision Underscores Essential Role of the Brand’s Showrooms in Prestigious Chicago and New York Locations
(February 17, 2021 – New York) – Vornado Realty Trust is pleased to announce that HOLLY HUNT, one of the defining voices in modern luxury interiors, has renewed its long-term leases at the Design Center at theMART in Chicago and the Architects and Designers (A&D) Building in New York. The decision illustrates the renowned brand’s continued investment in its showroom experience — an integral piece of its omnichannel strategy — and exemplifies its longstanding commitment to serving its active design community.
President of HOLLY HUNT, Marc Szafran, shared, “Our goal at HOLLY HUNT is to continue to deliver the industry’s most exceptional, concierge-level customer service available to designers today. This means supporting the trade however and whenever they want to engage with us: to check inventory, to shop, to specify, to order samples, to manage quotes and orders, or even more. Designers have loved and trusted our showrooms for almost 40 years because of the creative inspiration they afford, as well as the opportunity to see, touch and feel our beautiful products. Vornado Realty Trust properties in New York and Chicago are a critical component of our showroom network, and our success in this area is in large part due to the long and fruitful relationship we have with them. We’re thrilled to continue this relationship, especially as our digital platform fully integrates with our brick-and-mortar locations, creating a true, state-of-the-art, omnichannel experience for the trade.”
“HOLLY HUNT’s New York and Chicago showrooms have been a cornerstone to the industry for decades — offering design professionals a calm, comfortable and inspiring place to explore and specify,” says Byron Morton, vice president of showroom leasing, theMART. “In 1983, Holly Hunt opened her first showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, a beautiful and thoughtfully presented, gallery-like environment. We are honored to continue to be HOLLY HUNT’s partner in Chicago close to 40 years later. This year also marks the brand’s 20th anniversary at the A&D Building in New York. We are especially proud of this long-standing relationship and to work with a brand that epitomizes exquisite design and craftsmanship, commitment to quality and outstanding client services.”
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Beth Hicks, Design Center at theMART
About HOLLY HUNT
HOLLY HUNT designs, produces and showcases high-quality, custom design pieces for the most exquisite residential and commercial interior spaces and properties around the globe. Founder Holly Hunt opened her first eponymous showroom in 1983 and established a reputation for emerging yet timeless design, exceptional quality, and outstanding service. HOLLY HUNT showrooms and collections now lead the industry in luxury furnishings, including indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting, rugs, wallcovering, textiles, leathers, art and accessories. Today, there are 14 HOLLY HUNT-owned to-the-trade showrooms in the US and London, along with partner showrooms in other major markets across North America and Europe and an expanding international presence.
www.hollyhunt.com / @hollyhuntdesign
About Design Center at The Merchandise Mart (theMART)
The Design Center, located in Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart, is home to four floors constituting the world’s largest and finest design center. As a leader in the $65 billion residential home furnishings market, the Design Center offers the largest presentation of high-end, customizable, residential and outdoor home furnishings worldwide, all under one roof. Encompassing 750,000 square feet, boasting more than 125 showrooms and featuring more than 2,500 product lines, it is the ultimate resource for designers and design enthusiasts of luxury furniture, fabrics, floor coverings, wall coverings, lighting and much more. For more information, visit designcenter.com. Visit Design Center on Facebook and Instagram.
About The Architects and Designers Building
The Architects & Designers Building is New York’s best address for luxury design showrooms featuring eleven floors of high-quality kitchen, bath, tile, lighting, cabinetry, appliances, flooring, and fine furnishings brands. With 40 showrooms, featuring thousands of distinctive products, the A&D Building is a leading resource for designers of both residential and commercial projects and offers the finest collection of premium brands to suit any design project. The A&D Building is a Vornado Realty Trust Property and is operated and managed by Vornado Office Management LLC. Vornado Realty Trust is a preeminent owner, manager and developer of office and retail assets.
About Vornado Realty Trust
Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO) is a fully-integrated Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Vornado has a concentration of premier assets and a focused strategy of growing its dominant position in New York City office and Manhattan high street retail.