2024 Bathroom Design Award: Tineke Triggs Interiors


The 2023 San Francisco Decorator Showcase marked Tineke Triggs’ sixth time participating in the prestigious event. Still, the primary suite she conceived last year included a number of firsts for the interior designer. The bathroom’s moniker, “Curve Appeal,” was not just a nod to a recurring silhouette. “The idea behind the room was unconventional thought,” says Triggs, founder of Tineke Triggs Interiors, formerly Artistic Designs for Living. “I wanted to have the typical amenities in a functioning bathroom, but also have elements of surprise.”

In the makeup area, which Triggs describes as “unbalanced,” Allied Maker sconces—two on one side, three on the other—illuminate a mirror by Parts + Assembly as well as a floating vanity by GO Build Studio. Photos by Christopher Stark.

For starters, there are the waxed black plaster walls by artist Charles Leonard—the opposite of the light and bright bathrooms often preferred. “I was going for that negative space,” Triggs says, “and it was a huge success. Everybody wanted to touch it.” In another first for Triggs, the shower walls combine waterproof plaster with an arced slab of Calacatta Caldia. The materials create a focal point, further aided by the lack of obstructive hardware on the glass enclosure. (In lieu of a handle, there is a cutout.) “Your attention is drawn to the marble—what’s inside the shower,” she observes. Also adding unexpected visual and textural contrast underfoot: Belgian bleached oak transitions into Triggs’ own Gigi tile for Maison Surface, to stunning effect.

Triggs enlisted Charles Leonard Decorative Finishes for a plaster-and gold-leaf mural, “so when you walk in,” the interior designer explains, “you have something interesting to look at that’s more like a piece of art.” Photos by Christopher Stark.

“As you walk through the space,” says Triggs, “you’ll notice connection points to every piece.” There are the immediately apparent, like the curves of the vanity and makeup areas, as well as the more subtle, such as fluted details. “A lot of people kept coming back into the room saying, ‘Oh, I missed this or I missed that,’” she recalls of the Showcase visitors. “That’s what you want—design that allows you to be in a space for a while, and still have it hold interest and wonder.”