Greta Magnusson-Grossman

Swedish, 1906 - 1999
Greta Magnusson-Grossman (1906-1999) was a Swedish-American architect and designer who is best known for her contributions to mid-century modern design in Southern California. She studied at the Konstfack School of Industrial Design in Stockholm and worked as a furniture and interior designer in Sweden before emigrating to the United States in 1940.
In California, Magnusson-Grossman established herself as a leading figure in the design community, creating a wide range of furniture, lighting, and architectural designs. Her work was characterized by its clean lines, functionalism, and use of innovative materials such as Plexiglas and aluminum.
One of Magnusson-Grossman's most famous designs is the "Grasshopper" floor lamp, which she designed in 1947. The lamp features a distinctive, curved shade that resembles the wings of a grasshopper, and it quickly became an iconic example of mid-century modern design. Magnusson-Grossman also designed several other lamps, including the "Cobra" and "Sculptura" lamps, which were similarly celebrated for their unique shapes and materials.
Magnusson-Grossman also designed a range of furniture, including chairs, tables, and storage units. Her designs were noted for their practicality and functionality, as well as their distinctive style. Magnusson-Grossman's work remains highly influential today, and her designs are still sought after by collectors and design enthusiasts around the world.
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