Seven high achievers on our radar this month, from Bay Area heavyweights to the next generation shaking things up
Since founding the interior design firm Artistic Designs for Living in 2001, Triggs—who grew up in Northern California with Dutch parents—brings West Coast-European flair to her work. This spring, she launches a tile collection, called Muziek, inspired by “my reflections on the Art Deco period in San Francisco—a time when the city was absolutely thriving, much as it is today,” she says. “The designs of that time were bold, exotic and full of ornate details. I wanted to rediscover and reinterpret the styles of that period using gorgeous marble tiles as my canvas.” Follow Triggs on Instagram (@tineketriggs) for a window into her elegant, eclectic aesthetic and a glimpse of a tile that embodies it.
This year, the award-winning playwright, director, producer and arts advocate takes her final bow after 26 years as artistic director at the American Conservatory Theater. “I’m proudest about A.C.T.’s passionate commitment to the future: training brilliant young actors in our Conservatory, creating vivid new work at the all-new Strand Theater, sharing theater education with underrepresented groups across the Bay Area and reimagining great classical plays for new audiences,” she tells us. “We have rebuilt the Geary Theater, celebrated our 50th Anniversary, collaborated with national and international partners.” Mark your calendars for April 7, when A.C.T. throws its annual gala, where Perloff will no doubt be the queen of the hour.
During the 90th Academy Awards, you can find the genial TAG Properties principal at the most glamorous viewing party in town: the Saint Francis Foundation Ambassadors and the Fairmont San Francisco’s An Intimate Evening With Oscar, hosted by Meza himself. The evening benefits Saint Francis Memorial Hospital’s efforts to renovate the Intensive Care Unit and Critical Care Unit, so you can feel extra-good about yourself while you judge nominees’ gowns—not to mention what everyone is wearing at the Fairmont! Will your get-up wind up in the Gazette? Mimic Meza, perennial man of style, and you’re all but guaranteed to get your own red-carpet moment in these glossy pages.
Sterling K. Brown
Here at the NHG, we sometimes cry over the heart-wrenching NBC series This Is Us—“vintage Crock-Pot” is triggering. Brown plays Randall, the brainiest son of Jack and Rebecca Pearson, and his alert, anxious portrayal of an adult still grappling with his father’s death is one of the best things on a show. The actor, who recently won back-to-back Golden Globe and SAG awards, earned a degree in drama from Stanford in 1998; on June 17, he’ll give the university’s 127th commencement address. Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne praises Brown as an “eloquent role model for an entire generation, inspiring us with moving performances that not only bring life to each character, but also impart to the world a deeper understanding of our society.”
A warm welcome to the new Gump’s CEO! Mosca joined the storied San Francisco retailer as Chief Merchandising Officer last July and was promoted in December with a mission to preserve and grow the beloved brand. “Everyone in San Francisco has a Gump’s holiday story,” he says. “I want to remind them that we serve up that magic all year long.” Mosca started his career at Williams-Sonoma and has led retail partnerships for Martha Stewart. At Gump’s, he aims to return the store to its roots: unique gifts and furnishings, and personalized service. There are collaborations with floral designer Kathleen Deery and furniture designer Maria Yee, whose career was launched there.
Dagmar and David Dolby
Hats off to the philanthropists for donating $115 million toward the University of Cambridge Cavendish Laboratory and its pioneering work in science and technology that led to the discovery of the electron and neutron, among other breakthroughs. The late sound legend Ray Dolby, husband of Dagmar and father of David, founded Dolby Laboratories four years after receiving his Ph.D in physics from Cambridge, where he met Dagmar. “We met as you meet as a student: at a party,” she recalled during her Gazette interview with Janet Reilly last year. “I think his special attraction was that he was an American, and he spoke ever so much more slowly than the British people, so I could really understand him.”