Floor lamp "Grasshopper" by Greta Magnusson-Grossman for Bergboms, Sweden

Floor lamp "Grasshopper" by Greta Magnusson-Grossman for Bergboms, Sweden

68,000.00

Grasshopper or “Gräshoppa” Floor lamp by Greta Magnusson-Grossman for Bergboms, Malmö, Sweden. Black lacquered metal and brass details. This is a first and original edition from the 1940s in its original mint condition. The lamp was recently rewired to comply with modern electrical standards. 

Greta Magnusson-Grossman was one of Sweden’s most iconic 20th century Scandinavian designer.

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 Greta Magnusson-Grossman created the Grasshopper "Gräshoppa" floor lamp for Bergboms the Scandinavian Design company in Sweden

Greta Magnusson-Grossman created the Grasshopper "Gräshoppa" floor lamp for Bergboms the Scandinavian Design company in Sweden

Greta Magnusson Grossman - desginer of the Grasshopper

Swedish Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906-1999) maintained a prolific forty-year career on two continents: Europe and North America and operated as mover and shaker in the male-dominated world of mid-century modern design. Her achievements were many and encompassed industrial design, interior design, and architecture. In 1933, having successfully completed her fellowship at the renowned Stockholm arts institution, Konstfack, she opened Studio, a combined store, and workshop in Stockholm. During the same year Greta Magnusson Grossman married jazz musician, Billy Grossman with whom she later emigrated to the United States, settling in Los Angeles.

Greta Grossman's arrival in California

Upon their arrival in California in 1940, Greta Magnusson Grossman opened a well-publicized shop on Rodeo Drive, where she was among the first to bring the Scandinavian modern aesthetic to southern California's burgeoning modernist scene. Her unique approach to Swedish modernism was an instant hit in Los Angeles and soon she attracted celebrity clients, including Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Fontaine, Gracie Allen, and Frank Sinatra and it was not long before she began appearing alongside the likes of Charles Eames and Isamu Noguchi. 

While Grossman is the architect behind more than 15 homes spanning the globe from California to Sweden, she is most noted for her industrial designs where the Grasshopper "Gräshoppa" Floor Lamp and Cobra Table Lamp belongs to the most famous works.

Through the 1940's and 50's Grossman exhibited her designs at museums worldwide, including MoMA in New York and The National Museum in Stockholm. Yet inexplicably, following her retirement in the late 1960's Grossman’s name all but disappeared from the design landscape.