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Interior Designers

Marjorie (Mutch) Campbell

Biography

Marjorie Mutch (later Campbell) graduated with a Diploma in Interior Decorating from the University of Manitoba in 1944. During her studies, Mutch was awarded the Hudson’s Bay bursary and the Milton S Osborne bursary.

In 1946, Mutch began working for the architectural firm Green Blankstein Russell (GBR). At the time of her hiring, Mutch was the only interior designer to be retained on staff by an architectural firm in Western Canada, and quite possibly in all of Canada. While working at GBR, Mutch also gave a series of lectures on interior design at the YWCA.

In a Winnipeg Free Press article from 1946, Mutch expressed that she would only work with modern designs, as “they are the only truthful expression of our times.” Mutch was committed to creating designs that would achieve comfort, realizing that a design must be function and express the needs of the people.

Mutch passed away on October 29, 1996.

Sources

  • “Winnipeg girl holds unique post as interior designer,” WFP, 01/26/1946
  • Marjorie (Mutch) Campbell Obituary, WFP, 11/01/1996

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