AM Lamps & Greta Magnusson Grossman
Lamps! We have a lot in stock in our Van Nuys warehouse, and it’s about time to reveal a few of the best…especially as the light starts to fade earlier outside, having a few extra lights indoors can make a world of difference.
In addition, we want to acknowledge Greta Magnusson Grossman, one of the most influential female designers of the 30’s-50’s. Pasadena Museum of California Art is having a retrospective exhibition on her work that just opened (October 28 to February 24, 2013), and an auction house in Van Nuys sold one of her lamps for over $35,000 earlier this month. Grossman is the most well known for her house designs, “floating back” chairs, the wooden knobs as feet in her credenzas and tables, and her grasshopper lamp. Key elements to her design also brought a certain timeless elegance in the contrast between heavy woods and metals and the floating backs and seats of chairs as well as desks and tables that appear balanced on delicate legs. These aspects are essential to what we recognize in mid-century modern design today.
(From left to right – Top row: Grossman’s Grasshopper standing lamp, Portrait of Grossman. Bottom row: Double-shade desk lamp, Cobra lamps).