Designer Crush: huitAuthor:Michelle Konstantinovsky
Eight is Tania Cassill’s lucky number, so when it came time for the designer to choose a name for her Laguna Beach store, the Francophile felt compelled to go with the digit’s French translation: “huit.” Cassill’s store caters to textile and design enthusiasts seeking modern, organic, and vintage pieces. Shoppers are treated to a light, comfortable, inviting environment and Cassill has plenty of Presecco on hand for all to enjoy. Learn more in our Q+A below.
1. How did you get your start in design?
I was in fashion forever, but I always was changing my house – moving furniture, obsessing over architecture…it seemed like a natural transition, so I decided to go back to school and study interior design.
2. Tell us the meaning behind the name “huit.”
My lucky number is 8 and I am very influenced by French design sensibility. huit is the number 8 in French. I lucked out that my address is unit 8…how’s that for serendipity.
3. How does your background in retail merchandising and management inform your approach to interior design and business?
This is a customer service business! I can’t help but approach the client/designer relationship with that mindset.
4. Who are some of your biggest professional role models?
Sarah Lavoine – her beautiful style and sensibility, Piet Boon – his clean, refined and timeless design.
5. You say huit’s inventory reflects your current obsessions – what are you currently obsessing over?
Hand woven textiles from Guatemala, delicate woven baskets and bags from Madagascar, my own label linen bedding, the latest iron and rattan seating from Paris…
6. Describe your dream vacation.
A secret surf spot with my family – warm water, sunshine and sandy beaches
7. Sweet or salty?
Sweet – home made bread pudding…are you kidding me???
8. Beach or mountains?
Beach 90% of the time with a sprinkling of mountain.
9. Favorite book?
East of Eden – Steinbeck.
10. Celebrity crush?
Juan Martin del Potro.
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