The designer, commercial artist, and book illustrator Marianne Mahler was brought up in Vienna, Austria, where she received her initial art education. In 1930s England she attended Royal Academy Schools. Mahler exhibited in Vienna, New York, Paris and London. She drew for Studio and Vogue magazines. She sometimes signed her work, 'Marian'. One of her designs of a swinging 'mobile', available in three colour ways, was manufactured by David Whitehead Ltd, 1952. In 1952, she had also designed semi-abstract birds, vases, and bowls, printed on rayon. Mahler lived in London.