Greta Magnusson Grossman, ‘"Grasshopper" floor lamp’, 1947-1948, Phillips

Property from the Collection of Susie Tompkins Buell

Manufacturer: Ralph O. Smith, Burbank, California

Evan Snyderman and Karin Åberg Wærn, eds., Greta Magnusson-Grossman—A Car and Some Shorts: One Architect’s Journey from Sweden to Southern California, Stockholm, 2010, pp. 36, 43, 74-75, 81, 148

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