Muriel Coleman

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Muriel Evelyn Coleman
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Born 1917 (1917)
Died 2003 (aged 85–86)
Nationality American
Education Columbia University
Known for Furniture Design

Muriel Evelyn Coleman (1917–2003)[1] was an American designer who was a member of the Pacific Design Group based in California.[2][3] She designed furniture through the material scarcity of post-World War II, and used rebar, metal rods and strips in her minimalist designs.[4] Her works were included in the Autry National Center's California’s Designing Women, 1896–1986 exhibition.[5]

Coleman received her MFA from Teachers College, Columbia University and studied in Paris with Andre Lhote. During World War II, prior to the invasion of Normandy, she helped decipher photographs of the French coastline while working for the forerunner of the CIA. She was President of the East Bay Artists' Association.[6]


  1. ^ "'California's Designing Women': Muriel Coleman". Los Angeles Times. August 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Muriel Coleman (1917-2003)". Lost Art Salon. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Morgan, Erinn (July 2012). "The Antiques Whisperer". New American Luxury. 
  4. ^ "California’s Designing Women, 1896–1986". ArtweekLA. August 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ Diroll, Patt (August 11, 2012). "Female designers at the Autry". Pasadena Star-News. 
  6. ^ "COLEMAN, Muriel Evelyn". San Francisco Chronicle. December 23, 2003.