Bourne Identity: A Designer’s Inspirations
Inside the talent of Agnes Bourne, ASID
It all started with a chicken coop. As a child growing up in Spokane, Washington, Agnes Bourne was tasked with caring for her family’s flock of chickens and building a safe, sturdy and easy-to-clean coop. “It was a very tedious job,” Bourne says of her first venture into crafting purposeful environments. “But it taught me how to invent spaces and find solutions to problems at a very, very young age.” Now, over five decades into her career as an interior, furniture and product designer, Bourne is renowned for creating efficient, mindful and eco-conscious designs. Here, she shares her current and classic inspirations.
ARTISTS WHO INSPIRE:
"Theodore Waddell because he believes land determines our lives; Louise Nevelson, whose work motivated me to build furniture; Joseph Cornell for his Assemblage works; and Georgia O’Keeffe for her use of abstraction and bold color."
FAVORITE COLOR PALETTE:
"I love sienna, charcoal gray, steam and turquoise. The best color combinations have warm and cool tones plus a neutral and a little contrasting punch—a fancy dance around the color wheel."
INSTANT DESIGN UPDATE:
"I paint garages yellow because I think it’s good to come and go in a cheery atmosphere."
"The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. I look at this book every morning for its daily readings that provide thoughtful reflections on being human."
OFF THE CUFF:
No home is complete without… "a pet."
I can’t live without… "art."
When I’m in search of inspiration, you can find me at… "a concert."
When I’m not working, I’m most likely… "horseback riding or wishing I were."
My favorite quote is… '''Beauty is truth, truth beauty.' (John Keats)"
WHERE I SHOP:
"Room & Board. I appreciate the variety of products and materials beautifully manufactured in the U.S. Their Chilton Dining Table meets my criteria for green, one-of-a-kind, artisan-made design."