2020 Emerging Designer Award: Lindsay Gerber


“Timeless, modern design that emphasizes natural materials and scale,” is how Bay Area designer Lindsay Gerber interprets her firm’s aesthetic. Perhaps it was her upbringing in Northern California, her love of Axel Vervoordt’s timeless style or one her internships with Gensler and Orlando Diaz-Azcuy that helped define her approach to design. Or as she would say, “warm minimalism that is informed by nature and driven by materiality.”

Designer Lindsay Gerber. Photos by Chris Michel.

Being raised by a mother who also worked in design didn’t hurt either. “My mother worked with Michael Taylor, during which time they became friends before he died,” Gerber fondly remembers. “I have several pieces in my studio including a custom Travertine table that he made for my mom, who passed away 17 years ago. These pieces are really special for many reasons.”

A light by Apparatus shines light on the deep blue office inside a home in San Francisco’s Presidio neighborhood. Photos by Paul Dyer.

While Gerber’s firm is emerging, it is evident upon seeing her work that she has definitively homed in on her own perspective. Bold hues that balance muted palettes, classic details paired with modern materials, elegant lighting and rare antiques are prevalent throughout each project. “I deeply appreciate the inherent value and beauty of antique and vintage pieces. I try to educate even my youngest clients about them and incorporate them into each space,” notes Gerber. “This is becoming increasingly rare for young designers like myself, and it is a key differentiator when you choose to work with me.”

A peek inside Gerber’s stunning San Francisco office. Photos by Paul Dyer.

Though the majority of her work is in San Francisco, Wine Country and throughout Silicon Valley, she will soon be ready to unveil an extraordinary home in the South Pacific. “We are starting the year installing a project in Fiji on an idyllic small island,” she shares. “We’ve been working on this ground-up build for many years now, and it’s the third project for this particular client, so I can’t wait to see it finally come to life.”

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