Greta Von Nessen

Pop quiz: Who is the only woman to have her work of industrial design featured on a US Postage Stamp? The answer is Greta Von Nessen and her popular Anywhere lamp. The Swedish-born designer’s early career was overshadowed by her German-born husband, Walter Von Nessen. When he died suddenly in 1943, however, she took the reins of their American company Nessen Studios and began producing her own designs as well as revising some of his prewar classics. The Anywhere lamp is a marvel of postwar low-cost design. It can be positioned anywhere, from table to wall or ceiling, and was manufactured in the classic industrial materials of aluminum and sheet steel, as seen in other lamps in this exhibition. Priced at $29.50 (the same as Olga Lee’s lamp), the Anywhere lamp was exhibited in the inaugural Good Design exhibition at MoMA from November 21, 1950, to January 28, 1951. Today the lamp can be found in numerous museum collections.

"Anywhere" lamp in blue enameled aluminum and steel
Designed by Greta Von Nessen for Nessen Studio, USA, circa 1951.
13" L x 13" W x 15" H
TL317