Agnes has been involved in design over 40 years, working on residential and commercial interiors, product designing for companies with national distribution, historical restoration, and set design.
In 1987 she introduced her own line of furniture, The Agnes Bourne Collection, and created a showroom in San Francisco featuring her designs and pieces by a select group of artists and manufacturers.
Agnes is a nationally recognized lecturer and design juror, and her designs are widely published in books and nationally distributed periodicals. She has been awarded medals of distinction from A.S.I.D., The Smithsonian Institution, Cine Arts, and N.A.S.F.T. She was included in House Beautiful’s 1997 and 1998, “The 101 Most Influential Designers at Work in America Today” and in Western Interiors & Design magazine’s 2005-2008 “The List! Your guide to 124 top designers + architects." Agnes has served as a trustee for many boards and councils supporting Art and Design. Some of these institutions are Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and San Francisco Art Institute.