Custom upholstered four-seat sofa
Custom upholstered four-seat sofa
Custom upholstered four-seat sofa
Custom upholstered four-seat sofa

In the early 1940s, the Los Angeles department store Barker Brothers invited Greta Magnusson Grossman to design exclusively for their burgeoning modern floor. At the time, Barkers was among the largest home-furnishings stores in the world, and were at the forefront of championing new styles and materials. The press lauded Grossman’s designs for their “style, individuality, vigor and directness.” For her part, Grossman’s now-famous quote about her designs from this period explained that they “developed out of our own preferences for living in a modern way.”

This sofa comes from her line for Barker Brothers. Seating could be custom-ordered to the client’s needs and specifications and Grossman specified this piece for her own residence in Beverly Hills, which she also designed. The sofa was in the home through the next owner and was removed when the house was redone in the early 2000s. The piece has been reupholstered but otherwise remains in original condition.

About Greta Magnusson Grossman

Greta Magnusson Grossman designed houses, interiors, furniture, and lighting over the course of her long career. Born in Sweden, Grossman migrated to Southern California and began working in the post-modernist aesthetic of the day along with contemporaries such as Charles and Ray Eames, Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, and others. As both an industrial designer and architect, Grossman’s influence was far-reaching among the Southern California design movement. She effortlessly combined her Scandinavian design training with the relaxed lifestyle and furniture of the Southern Californian environment to produce livable modern interiors, still relevant today.

Swedish, 1906-1999, Helsingborg, Sweden, based in Los Angeles, California

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