With its unmistakable silhouette, the Grasshopper Floor Lamp is one of Grossman's most iconic designs. Hand-made from carbon steel, the insect-like design features a tripod stand, which has been tilted backwards for functionality and aesthetics. This clever design ensures minimal glare. The Grasshopper Floor Lamp brings industrial style and classic elegance to any room and works particularly well in bedrooms and lounges. It is available in black and has an on-off switch on the cable.
Greta Grossman was a modernist designer who was influenced by both her European roots and Los Angeles lifestyle. Designed in 1947, her Grasshopper Lamp is a combination of organic and modern shapes, based on a common Californian insect, the grasshopper. Greta Grossman injected her designs with a sense of humour and a preference to use materials that were not common at the time. This can be seen in the lamp's asymmetric shape and industrial style. The Grasshopper is also available as Pendant Lamp and Table Lamp.
1906 - 1999 (Sweden)
Greta Magnusson Grossman had an inspirational career that spanned 40 years and two continents, Europe and North America. She is famed for her work in furniture, textiles, lighting and ceramics, and her modernist designs attracted the attention of the 1940s Hollywood jet set.
Grossman’s career started in her home country of Sweden. After completing an apprenticeship in woodwork, Grossman trained at the renowned Stockholm arts institution, Konstfack (then known as Högre Konstindustriella Skolan). An excellent technical illustrator, Grossman focused her skills on furniture design. In 1933, she became the first women to receive an award for furniture design at the Stockholm Craft Association. During rest of the 1930s, Grossman established herself as a renowned Swedish designer.
In 1940, she brought her unique Swedish modernism to Los Angeles after moving to America with her husband, jazz musician Billy Grossman. Her shop in Beverley Hills sold her own designs, advertised on her business card as "Swedish modern furniture, rugs, lamps and other home furnishings." She became popular with many celebrity clients such as Greta Garbo, Joan Fontaine and Gracie Allen. These connections led to new and exciting projects including a groundbreaking line of lamps for the famous Barker Brothers furniture shop. This collection included the instantly recognizable Grasshopper Floor Lamp.
Grossman described her designs as bringing "lightness, airiness and internal comfort."
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