Agnes Bourne, A.S.I.D, has worked in the design field for over forty years, creating environmentally responsible and inspiring spaces and objects. Trained in both the practice of art and design, her San Francisco-based office included an interior and product design studio as well as a furniture and fabric showroom focusing on design arts. Her work has been collected, exhibited, and published internationally. She has taught courses at colleges and universities focusing on color and design planning. Ms. Bourne is a trustee of The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City, a former trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in London. In her home town of Jackson, Wyoming she serves as a director of the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts.
Bourne studied with Rudolph Schaeffer at The Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design in San Francisco. His teachings on color and arrangement delved into space and how energy and bodies moved through it. In addition to being a pioneer in the field of color theory, Schaeffer was also a leader in integrating Eastern and Western aesthetic principles. According to David Meckel of the California College of the Arts, "Agnes has embodied these principles in her own work and handed them down to other generations through her many years of teaching and lecturing."
Color is paramount for Bourne. She is fascinated by how it speaks to people and how it makes one feel. "Color is something that people carry with them. It has messages; it is a passionate thing. Color is so important for communication. It shows what kind of character you are and how you surround yourself." But color has its limitations. John Dickinson, one of her mentors, was adamant that she never put color before form.
Whatever challenge she is tackling, Bourne is always an innovator. She feels strongly about how spaces flow, what clutter means and the balance of light. "Almost everything that resonates with interior designers todayfrom sourcing locally to repurposing material and objectscan be traced back to Bourne's practice twenty years ago. She is unafraid of taking risks and unbelievably generous in her trust of and faith in others when collaborating. She is one of the most optimistic designers I’ve ever met," says Meckel.
Ms. Bourne and Ms. Finegan collaborated on a design project in Jackson, Wyoming several years ago and found that they both shared the desire to make healthy and environemtally friendly interiors available to a broader clientel. As a result, they founded Pine Street Natural Interiors to provide products and design services to the public and to be a resource to designers. The Studio provides custom furnishings available through their exclusive furniture line Eco-Terric.