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).



A shout out and thank you to Gijs van derMost, who is an old friend and does all our amazing photography for our site and blog. Specializing in portraiture, his work is highly involved in depicting people in their environment. In addition to showing and exhibiting, he does work for Esquire Magazine. Basically, awesome stuff. 


Why Do We Love Fall?

Halloween, Thanksgiving, browns, oranges, dried leaves, hot chocolate, pumpkin spice…fall is coming, and although the weather in Los Angeles doesn’t reflect a change in the seasons (still a balmy 80 degrees), we have fun experimenting with the warm fall-esque colors of our newest collection. My personal favorite: the hand-carved teak chair upholstered with a striped wool blanket (featured above), that just makes me want to curl up on a cold day with a nice book and a cup of tea. Fall is about transition – from warm to cool, green to brown. And whether or not you realize it, winter will be upon us in no time – and then the real holiday fun can begin. In preparation for the hibernation I will be doing to stay out of the cold, I’ve chosen a few of our favorite items for this season:  

Assorted ceramics:

Cute Casala wood school chair as a side table:

Retro Brown High Back Swivel Chair:
Auping Sofa - Day Bed:

Coen De Vries Original Wire Wall Mount Coat Rack:
Danish Modern Lounge Chair with Teak Frame and Wool Blend US Army Issued Blanket Upholstery:
Mid Century Magazine Rack:
Friso Kramer REVOLT chair:

Rosewood and Teak Mid-Century Long and Low Credenza:

Raak Bakelite and Glass Wall Scones:
60's Cleopatra Style Day Bed Frame by A.R. Cordemeijer: 
4 Danish Dining Chairs with Reversible Seats:

Diamond Back Mid-Century Dining Chairs:


Chairs are Architecture, Sofas are Bourgeois.

- Le Corbusier

Influenced by the dawn of the Age of the Machine and modern artists such as Le Corbusier, post World War II modern design began to lean towards the industrial. The result of factories being able to produce copious amounts of sheet and tubular metal from war manufacturing combined with sentiments expressed by artists/architects that the machine was to be revered as an aesthetic, social, and economic marvel produced a large amount of postwar innovation in modern design. A lot of architecture began to change dramatically as it became more streamlined and emphasized simplicity and open space. In conjunction, furniture design evolved to using many different materials such as steel, plastic, and plywood – merging the machine made and factory produced with a more traditional and natural artistic practice. 

‘Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. Our eyes are made to see forms in light; light and shade reveal these forms; cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders or pyramids are the great primary forms which light reveals to advantage; the image of these is distinct and tangible within us without ambiguity. It is for this reason that these are beautiful forms, the most beautiful forms.’

Le Corbusier’s ‘forms’ that are so important to evoking emotion in the aesthetic of architecture manifest in the innovation of organic design that is preceded by that impressive oomph that comes with the use of factory produced industrial materials in the work of Willy Van Der Meeren, as well as many other designers such as Fritz Hansen, Friso Kramer, Hala Zeist, Rietveld, Gispen, Cees Braakman, and more. 

Willy Van Der Meeren:


Jean Prouve and Friso Kramer industrial style chair: 

Fritz Hansen stools:


Friso Kramer desk: 

Tomado shelving:

Hala Zeist standing lamp:

Industrial midcentury modern can be used in a variety of ways to add a flair to your home. The contrast of both finished wood and metal in a few pieces can add a warm and hip ambiance to any room.