Greta Magnusson Grossman, USA, 1952
Coffee Table in walnut, steel, and plastic laminate with folding leaves. Designed by Greta Magnusson Grossman for Glenn of California, Los Angeles, 1952.
L 60.5" x W 23" x H 15"
L 153.67 cm x W 58.42 cm x H 38.1 cm
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Greta Magnusson Grossman, USA, 1947
In 1948, Greta Magnusson Grossman stated that to create furniture that could blend all periods. Her solution was not to mix different styles but to develop a unique look. Such is the case with this very rare armchair that Grossman designed for Barker Brothers in 1947, the year they opened Modern Shop. The armchair does combine the typical Scandinavian arm “swoop” with the ease of the California coast, but it is conceived as a new and innovative design. The piece was part of the Multi-Unit Pacific Line, created by Grossman for Barker in Ash wood with a “Palomino” stain finish, which gives the wood a golden sheen....
"Palimino" lounge chair with original hand-woven upholstery on a wood frame.
Greta Magnusson Grossman for Ralph O. Smith, USA, circa 1950.
Table lamp in putty-colored enameled aluminum on a chrome-plated steel base with one cone shade and one "Cobra" shade. Designed by Greta Magnusson Grossman for Ralph O. Smith, California, circa 1950. Good condition; paint has been touched up and the lamp has been rewired....
Greta Magnusson Grossman, USA, 1948
In the late 1940s, Grossman designed a groundbreaking and successful line of lamps for Barker Brothers, produced by Ralph O. Smith in Burbank, California. This lamp was later sold directly by its makers, announced as a partnership between Magnusson Grossman Design and Ralph O. Smith MFG Co. Originally called the Style No. 732, this lamp used components that Grossman would rearrange for use on various models. Despite the success of these works, however, the Smiths’ limited production facilities meant that all elements were produced in a rather small quantity....
Task lamp in aluminum and brass with original dark green paint. Designed for Ralph O. Smith, Burbank, California.
Greta Magnusson Grossman, USA, circa 1952
This desk, designed for Glenn of California in 1952, is the epitome of Grossman’s pairing wrought iron details with beautifully figured walnut into a balanced composition. This specific piece is unique in that it does not have the black laminate top normally present in the model, meaning it was a special order and not a production piece. This desk ultimately symbolizes Grossman’s full dive into California modernism while at the same time keeping her particular asymmetric approach. The petite scale suggests this desk was meant for a home, as Grossman was committed to modernizing the home office and worked from home herself....
Desk in walnut and wrought iron with pencil box. Designed for Glenn of California.
Greta Magnusson Grossman
Greta Magnusson Grossman maintained a prolific forty-year career on two continents, Europe and North America, with achievements in industrial design, interior design, and architecture. Although it was not as frequently exhibited in Good Design exhibitions in the 1950s as her Cobra table lamp, Magnusson Grossman’s Grasshopper floor lamp has become over time one of the most famous lights of midcentury modern design. This example in coral pink dates to the first years of production by Ralph O. Smith, the tiny Californian midcentury lighting manufactory, and allegedly belonged to Andy Warhol....
R & Company represents the Estate of Greta Magnusson Grossman and, over the past decade, has placed more than a half dozen Grasshopper lamps in American museum collections.
"Grasshopper" floor lamp in enameled aluminum and steel with original coral paint.
Designed by Greta Magnusson Grossman for Ralph O. Smith, Burbank, California, 1947-48.
14" L x 14" W x 48" H
Greta Magnusson Grossman, USA, circa 1952
Side chair in walnut with an upholstered seat. Designed for Glenn of California, Los Angeles, California....
Greta Magnusson Grossman, USA, 1950
This lamp, marketed initially as Lamp style No. 903-T and sold as a partnership between Ralph O. Smith Modern Lamps and Fixtures and Magnusson Grossman Design, utilizes the Cobra and the bullet-shaped shades, as well as innovative flexible arms. The collection was available in ten colors, including the pistachio green of this model that was ever-present in that period as a modern and fashionable hue....
Table lamp in enameled aluminum on a chrome-plated steel base with one cone shade and one "Cobra" shade.
Greta Magnusson Grossman, USA, 1941
This kidney-shaped sofa was created by Greta Magnusson Grossman in Sweden and redesigned between 1941 and 1942 for Barker Brothers in Los Angeles. She still favored the curved lines of her Swedish production, but this sofa also reveals a possible influence of Hollywood Regency furniture, which comes as no surprise since Grossman very quickly became a part of the Golden Era scene. With a showroom on North Rodeo Drive inaugurated in 1941, she attracted celebrity clients such as Greta Garbo, Joan Fontaine, and Gracie Allen. The present model was acquired from a family estate in San Angelo, Texas....
Curved sofa in ivory bouclé upholstery with button tufted backrest. Designed by Greta Magnusson Grossman for Barker Brothers, Los Angeles, 1941-42. Upholstered with "Pebble Wool" fabric in Eggshell, designed by Maharam.