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NOV 2018

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA — As a musician, David Bowie inspired many with his artistic voice and instrumental aptitude. But for Tineke Triggs, CKD, it was his private persona that proved most inspirational, ultimately serving as the creative foundation for this master bath she designed in combination with the master bedroom and walk- in closet for a decorative showcase. "My son shares a birthday with him," says the owner of Artist Designs for Living in San Francisco. "Also, David Bowie passed away at about the same time that I needed to think about inspiration for the space, so he was on my mind. I thought about Ziggy Stardust and the patterns and shapes associated with the fashion he portrayed. Then I dug a little deeper into his personal life, focusing on who David Bowie was behind the mask. I found a softer, poetic, romantic side, along with a beautiful transformation in the latter part of his life. It made me think about a rock and roller, toned- down and living in a dream space that feels timeless and soothing." BOLD DESIGN STYLE Triggs' interpretation highlights geometric shapes that exude a contemporary feel, with undertones that remind the designer of Bowie's fashion sense while harmonizing with the rest of the house that was being remodeled with a quieter, less ornate design style. "It's important for design to relate to the home and space," she says, "making sure that it isn't too much of a departure from the archi- tecture itself. In this case, the bathroom was very dated and tired in its form. It had a 'busy' Mediterranean feel, so I wanted to create some- thing that felt more contemporary but still had textural interest." As such, the vanity backsplash showcases bold tile designed by Triggs (see related sidebar, Page 28). Its contrasting colors create a unique chevron pattern that vies for attention. "Chevrons have been popular for the past few years," she says. "But I wanted to give them a twist, creating a pattern that is a bit off-kilter and unexpected." Extending the tile from floor to ceiling also makes the wall feel like a piece of art, notes the designer. "A tiny backsplash just wouldn't have given the effect I wanted," she explains. "It's like choosing clothes…a patterned skirt is better than a scarf !" Because the backsplash is so bold, Triggs chose a quieter tile pattern for the floor. The Ellington pattern from her Muziek Collection in a subtle white-on-white marble holds interest without competing with other design elements in the room. "The wall treatments and vanity were both 'wow' factors," she says, "so the flooring needed to be a strong grounding element. This white-on-white pattern was perfect…providing textural interest without being too busy." Additional elements on the focal point wall include a custom Cambria Brittanicca quartz sink, which floats above an open walnut shelf. The sink's expansive façade showcases the pro- nounced veining that runs through the quart z. "I thought it coordinated well with the dark gray tile in the backsplash, connecting the two together," says Triggs. "I also liked this slab's dramatic veining. It plays into David Bowie's undertone of being bold and taking risks. "I see that happening a lot more now with my clients," she continues, noting a greater will- ingness to take more design risks. "People are going back to surfaces with bigger veins, espe- cially in kitchens where more interesting coun- tertops are making a comeback. The granites of the day have become too busy, and the Calacatta and Carrara marble phase is beginning to play out, at least in my market. People are looking for Music Icon Influences Master Bath BY KIM BERNDTSON Designer channels the spirit of David Bowie in a space highlighted with geometric shapes reminiscent of his fashion sense. Photos: Aubrie Pick, Aubrie Pick Photography and Christopher Stark The custom quartz sink floats above an open walnut shelf that provides easy access to towels as well as items corralled in decorative baskets. Triggs sheathed several walls with vinyl wallcov- ering to give the room layers of texture. Its linear pattern also draws the eye into the room and gives interest, without being too busy. Because the backsplash is so bold, Triggs chose a quieter tile for the floor. The subtle white-on-white marble holds interest without competing with other design elements in the room. 26 Kitchen & Bath Design News • November 2018 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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