John Hutton (1947-2006), prolific American designer, is considered one of the masters of the so-called "Transitional Style". The furnishings made in this style combine classic elements with other modern ones and are based on traditional forms made more contemporary through the elimination of any superfluous decorative element. The result is timeless creations, impossible to place in a precise period in the history of design, enhanced by great attention to comfort and painstaking care in the choice of textile coverings. John Hutton's career is inextricably linked to that of the American brand Donghia, with which he began collaborating in 1978 when the interior designer Angelo Donghia called him to create a first collection of furnishings for his brand, which was already active in the field of fabrics. Hutton supports Angelo in the launch of the new Donghia division dedicated to furniture and holds this position until 1985, the year of the founder's death, when he succeeds him in the position of Design Director of the brand. In 1998, after several years of great success, he decided to leave the brand he had contributed to founding and opened the John Hutton International studio, whose business still continues today after his death and is carried on by partner Joe Doyle and his son Douglas Hutton. In his last years of career Hutton designed products for some important American brands such as Holly Hunt and Sutherland, but he is known to the international public above all for his collaboration with the Italian brand Flexform for which he launched the new Mood furniture line in 2001 dealing personally until his death with the design of each product in the collection.