Olga Lee

Ralph O. Smith, the small midcentury lighting manufactory located in Burbank, California, is best known for producing the acclaimed low-cost lamps designed by Greta Magnusson Grossman. In addition to this collaboration, the company also made this table lamp using the same industrial metals for Olga Lee, who at the time was designing lights, textiles, furniture, and interiors in a Los Angeles studio she shared with husband Milo Baughman. Retailing for $29.50 at the time, the model ended up becoming one of the most exhibited table lamps of the Good Design movement and was featured in Good Design, MoMA, in 1952, in the Everyday Art Gallery at the Walker Art Center in 1953, and California Design at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1954.

The lamp is in the permanent collection of LACMA, and another example is on long term loan to the MFA Boston for their Women Take the Floor exhibition. Although famous, this table lamp is quite rare, and less than twenty examples in various colors are known to exist today.

Table Lamp in spun aluminum, tubular steel, cast iron. Designed by Olga Lee, USA, 1952-54.
Produced by Ralph O. Smith, Burbank, CA.
21" L x 13" W x 24" H
TL356