Profile: Cheryl R. Riley (1952-)

Cheryl R. Riley is an American artist and furniture designer.



Riley pursued a career in advertising and fashion before focusing on design. In 1986, Riley formed Right Angle Designs in San Francisco, starting out by designing and producing furniture. She is said to be one of the only African American designers to establish a national reputation for her furniture design. Coin Encrusted Tudor Tables III & IV(1992) Commissioned by Curator David McFadden for the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.Sunburst and Starburst Dining Chairs (1994) commissioned by Curator Kenneth Trapp for the permanent collection of the Oakland Museum, CA.

Riley’s furniture work has been featured in over 60 group shows throughout the United States and several solo shows in New York and California, including the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in 1993.

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