Artistic Designs for living is about creativity, organization and management. San Francisco interior designer Tineke Triggs began her career in high-tech sales for SGI, Cisco, and Inktomi. During her eighteen years as a top-producing rep, she began to apply her organizational and management skills to remodeling projects, where she also discovered her creative talent and eye for design. After designing and managing the remodels of over twenty homes in the course of eight years, in 2002 she founded Artistic Designs for Living to provide full-service interior design, space planning, and project management for kitchens, baths, and living spaces. Tineke holds a BS in Mathematical Sciences from the University of California Santa Barbara. She is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
Dorothy Draper was the first to “professionalize” the interior design industry by establishing, in 1923, the first interior design company in the United States, something that until then was unheard of, and also at a time when it was considered daring for a woman to go into business for herself.
The Draper Touch, she revolutionized the concept of “design” by breaking away from the historical “period room” styles that dominated the work of her predecessors and contemporaries.
Hoppen was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She moved, with her family, to London when she was 2 but returned to South Africa every year for Christmas. She was bullied at school because of her dyslexia. Her father worked in the fashion industry and her mother was a businesswoman specializing in antique maps of Africa and books. Hoppen is famous for using a neutral color palette such as taupe and beige. Of her design philosophy she has said, “My philosophy has always remained the same, its about creating calm balanced environments based on Eastern cultures, ie order and creation of harmony. How people feel in a space is as important as the way it looks, one can’t be without the other to succeed.”
German born Tommi Parzinger settled in New York City in 1935 and began designing ceramics and metal pieces for Rena Rosenthal, whose fashionable shop on Madison Avenue specialized in gift items and decorative arts. In 1938 Parzinger began designing collections for the Charak Company of Boston, a fine furniture manufacturer known for traditional styles, that was then pursuing a more modern look that would not alienate established clientele. Having studied at the famed Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Applied Arts) in Munich, then worked in Vienna and Berlin designing porcelains for the prestigious KPM or Royal Porcelain Manufacturer, Parzinger was the perfect fit. Soon after, he found immediate success when he opened his first showroom, Parzinger Inc., in 1939. Re-christened after the war as Parzinger Originals in 1946, his showroom became a mecca for style conscious café society, and continued to supply the most discerning clientele for several decades.Parzinger is renowned for his crisp, tailored furniture and exquisite old world craftsmanship. At a time when fine materials were becoming scarce and the machine-made was no longer so novel, Parzinger’s designs with their intense workmanship—the hand-tooled leather, ornate marquetry, customized hardware—were deeply appealing to an audience in search of deeper resonance. He created a look that offered the most refined shapes along with the barest hint of exoticism through the use of strong lacquer colors, gold or precious metal nail heads, velvet-lined drawers, and the slight flip of a slender leg encased in a brass or silver shoe. When exotic woods were once again available, Macassar, madrone, Koko, fir chestnut, and mahogany became staples, and he constantly experimented with new finishes as well.
Artistic Designs for Living has developed a network of trusted architects, engineers, contractors, installers, and other professionals. We assemble and manage a custom team to suit your requirements, budget, and timeline.
Julie Metzger Senior Interior Designer
After graduating from UCSB, Julie’s passion moved her to Chicago where she attended the International Academy of Art for a degree in Interior Design. The years following, she worked in various capacities in the world of interior design. After 15 years of experience, she returned to San Francisco where she ran her own design firm, Design Three Sixty, for 5 years. During that time, she worked with Artistic Designs For Living on numerous projects. And, now, works full time for ADL as the Senior Designer.
Lotti Hermansson Residential Design
Lotti worked in Architecture a total of six years, for three years at Lawson Willard Architecture (Alternatively for three years for Hannafin Design Associates, NV. and Lawson Willard Architecture, CA.) before coming to work at Artistic Designs for Living. She is an expert in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional computer aided design and has a (NAAB accredited) Bachelor of Architecture degree from the California College of the Arts. Before working in architectural design, she worked as a teacher and for a furniture manufacturer retailer. Lotti is a native of Sweden.
Colleen Church Interior Designer & Residential Designer
Colleen Church received a B.S. in interior Design at San Francisco State University in 2006 after a four-year stint living in Italy convinced her that Architecture and Design was the perfect marriage of her practical and creative sides. She started working for Artistic Designs fresh out of college and has worked at the firm ever since. Still inspired by architecture of all types, both modern and traditional, European and American, Colleen’s specialty is kitchen and bath design.
Sonya Manning Interior Designer & Residential Designer
A San Francisco native, Sonya graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts. Before joining the team in 2006, she worked at the San Francisco Design Center, where she assisted designers in the selection of furniture and fabrics. As a Designer, Sonya brings her attention to detail, passion for color, and organizational skills to high-end projects.
Noelle Nixon Interior Designer
Completing The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Social Behavioral Studies in 2000, Noelle settled in San Francisco to work with ESPN immediately following college doing staging and set design. Lake Tahoe would be called home for the next 10 years; Projects have included Commercial and high-end Residential design at Martis Camp and Lahontan. Now back in the Bay Area, Noelle is a welcomed addition to the talent at Artistic Design and brings with her a mixture of old Hollywood with organic architecture down to the smallest details.
Leslie Karas Junior Designer
Leslie holds a B.S. in Interior Design from San Francisco State University and an Associates in Liberal Arts from Canada College. After a brief period in banking, Leslie realized that her passion lay outside the confines of financial institutions in the liberating world of interior design. Leslie was a welcomed addition to Artistic Designs for Living in 2011. As a junior designer at ADL, Leslie enjoys utilizing her attention to detail and creative passion in all aspects of the design process.
Nicole Office Manager