American born and bred, Cassidy Hughes chose London as the place to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in interior design and to found her eponymous design studio, Cassidy Hughes Design and she hasn’t looked back since.
With her mother’s eccentric decorating style and her father’s woodworking studio as the backdrop to her childhood, design has been in Cassidy’s bones for as long as she can remember.
Her fun and quirky design style is uplifting and playful – nothing is taken too seriously and every room shines! We’re delighted to chat to Cassidy about her love of mid century Brazilian design, how a greeting card can spark an entire design scheme and how colour seems to be a recurring theme in her work.
Is there a signature Cassidy Hughes look? If so, how would you describe it?
I wouldn’t say I have a signature look – each project is a blank slate and an opportunity to collaborate with new clients and craftsmen. I love to work with colour, interesting finishes and quirky details which definitely shows in most of my work. I think colour is a big reason that people contact me.
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
I love mid century Brazilian design, the Diz Chair by Sergio Rodrigues is one of my favourites!
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
My top tip would be to listen to your gut! If you are having trouble with a scheme or trying to pull together something that feels cohesive, find an object or piece of artwork that you were immediately drawn to.
Try to figure out why you had such a strong reaction, what are the things you like about it? You can build an entire scheme off a greeting card.
What does home mean to you?
Warmth, liveable (I know this sounds weird, but it’s so important and often overlooked), full of details that make your life easier and make you smile everyday.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
My grandmother’s scrapbook, a piece of artwork by my amazingly talented friend Sophie Kipner and a card my best friend bought me when I started my business.
A perfect Sunday is…
Cooking and disconnecting.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
Easy! I have had my eye on this chair for awhile now – it’s on sale so I may give in and go for it 🙂
Photos by Gregory Davies and Steve Davies.
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