Design Workshops began as a small
San Francisco cabinet shop in 1946. Founded by Hellmut Gerson, the
company was joined by Robert Bourdon shortly after opening. Early years
saw a focus on custom furniture for residential customers as well as
notable work for local banks and department stores. The company soon
began to specialize in high-end commercial “tenant improvement” work,
which has remained the emphasis ever since.
Today, Design Workshops is known as one of the premier makers of
architectural millwork in Northern California. While completing
projects in increasingly distant locations the company maintains its
manufacturing base in the San Francisco Bay Area. Despite advances in
the complexity of our work, the company has retained the intimacy of a
family business. It is run by Nick Gerson – the nephew of Hellmut
Gerson - and Richard Bourdon - the son of Robert Bourdon – who serve as
President and Vice President, respectively.