Coryander Friend is a set designer living in Laurel Canyon, in Los Angeles.
Coryander has worked in set decoration and production design since 2000, after graduating from Naropa University, founded by Allen Ginsberg and Chogyam Trungpa, Ringpoche. She began her carreer in New York, working there in television, commercials, and film. In 2003 she traveled to Bahia, Brazil, to live in a favela and study with a Capoeria school, while making a documentray film about favela life.
Coryander moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her carreer in production design in 2006, working with directors from Errol Morris to Mike Mills to Martin Werner. Having a strong background in still photography shoots as well as interior and set decoartion, Coryander is given to the "beauty jobs," and gives strong attention to small object detail, color, design history, period furniture and a feeling of individual taste, with an edge. She has been known to make an abstract painting when called for, such as when on a long train of Apple commercials which required heavy clearance on artwork. Hands on, she is fascinated with spatial communication, and loves directors who want to get in and play.
In her personal life she is a surfer, traveler, amateur photographer, fashion designer and a vintage furniture collector, founder of a vintage and home goods collective downtown called Storefront.