Hutton Wilkinson was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the architectural offices of his father and grandfather. At the age of eighteen he had the opportunity to apprentice under the great American design icon, Tony Duquette. Wilkinson worked for Duquette as a volunteer apprentice for two years and then as a paid assistant designer for three years before starting his own interior design firm. While self-employed Wilkinson continued his professional association with Tony Duquette collaborating in partnership with the great designer on a myriad of projects over the next twenty-five years.
In 1998 Wilkinson and Duquette, launched a collection of one-of-a-kind, fine jewelry, which has been popularly accepted by both the public and the fashion press. Since the success of this new enterprise, Wilkinson has devoted much of his time to the design of these unique jeweled creations under the “Tony Duquette” trademark. Today, Tony Duquette Fine Jewelry is sold exclusively by Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City and Palm Beach and through select Saks Fifth Avenue Stores across the nation as well as www.tonyduquette.com.
Tony Duquette died at the age of 85 years old in 1999. With Duquettes passing, Wilkinson as owner, creative director and president of Tony Duquette Inc. continues to design and market fine jewelry as well as a collection of home furnishings for Baker Furniture, textiles for Jim Thompson Thai Silk, Lighting with Remains Lighting, Carpets and Tapestries with Patterson-Flynn-Martin and dishes and tabletop accessories with Mottahedeh and interior decorations under the registered international trademark, “Tony Duquette” and Tony Duquette Inc.
In 2007, Hutton with Wendy Goodman, wrote “Tony Duquette”, which chronicles the great designer’s life and oeuvre. “Tony Duquette” was published by Abrams Books in November 2007 and is now in its sixth printing. A second book “More is More, Tony Duquette” which Wilkinson also authored was released in the fall of 2009. Both are best selling books for Abrams. Another book for Abrams titled “Tony Duquette, Hutton Wilkinson Jewelry” was released in October 2011. His latest book “The Walk to Elsie’s” is a two volume work of historic fiction written with co-author Flynn Kuhnert which chronicles the first ten years of Tony Duquette’s career and the last ten years of Elsie de Wolfe’s life, between the years 1940 and 1950.
Hutton continues designing residential and commercial interiors internationally which have been featured, along with his one-of-a-kind precious jewelry, in shelter magazines and fashion magazines including Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Town & Country, Elle, Veranda, W, New York Times, Paper City as well as publications in Japan, Russia, Germany, France, Great Britain and South America.
Hutton Wilkinson is the President of the Elsie de Wolfe Foundation, a non profit private foundation dedicated to furthering the decorative arts in America and he is also President of the Anthony and Elizabeth Duquette Foundation For The Living Arts, a non profit public foundation dedicated to presenting museum quality exhibitions of artistic, scientific, and educational value to the public and to promoting, purchasing and preserving the works of Tony Duquette. Wilkinson was for 25 years a member of the board of directors of Save Venice Inc., an American organization dedicated to restoring historic Venetian monuments and works of art.