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Grasshopper Table Lamp

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While influential designer Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906–99) would earn feature articles in shelter magazines for her architectural work as well as win awards for other furnishings she conceived over the years, the Grasshopper table lamp is part of a line of designs for which she is most commonly known. With its conical metal shade ball-jointed onto a curved brass arm that renders it easy to direct light across a surface, the piece followed the distinct conceptual form of its predecessor, the now frequently imitated Grasshopper floor lamp. When the playful yet refined table variation made its 1948 debut, its creator was far from her native country.

Magnusson Grossman had been recognized as a pioneer of modernist design in Sweden by the time she emigrated with her husband to Southern California in 1940. She was among the first female graduates of the Stockholm School of Industrial Design and the first woman to win the Furniture Design award from the Swedish Society of Industrial Design. But it was good timing for her relocation: Americans had developed an appetite for Scandinavian modernism following the 1939 New York World’s Fair, where architect Alvar Aalto unveiled his Finnish Pavilion.

After building a solid reputation and an affluent client base for the lighting, rugs and more that she designed for her own shop on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Magnusson Grossman was recruited by Barker Bros., a widely popular California furniture retailer. As a designer for the store, she was critically important to a segment of the company’s business that showcased modern interiors to middle-class consumers in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

Magnusson Grossman’s innovative lighting line for Barker Bros. included the elegant Grasshopper table lamp, which today is manufactured by Gubi.

Greta Magnusson Grossman Grasshopper Table Lamp

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Greta Grossman Grasshopper Table Lamp, Vintage Red
By Gubi, Greta Magnusson Grossman
Located in Berkeley, CA
Greta M. Grossman designed the iconic Gräshoppa table lamp in 1947 and with its sophisticated yet playful design, it is still as relevant today. The distinctive, elongated conical sh...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass, Aluminum

Greta Grossman Grasshopper Table Lamp, Oyster White
By Gubi, Greta Magnusson Grossman
Located in Berkeley, CA
Greta M. Grossman designed the iconic Gräshoppa table lamp in 1947 and with its sophisticated yet playful design, it is still as relevant today. The distinctive, elongated conical sh...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass, Aluminum

Greta Magnusson Grossman 'Grasshopper' Table Lamp in Alabaster White
By Gubi, Greta Magnusson Grossman
Located in Glendale, CA
Greta Magnusson Grossman 'Grasshopper' table lamp in alabaster white. Designed in 1947 by Grossman, this is an authorized re-edition by GUBI of Denmark who meticulously reproduces he...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass, Aluminum, Steel

Greta Grossman Grasshopper Table Lamp, Black
By Gubi, Greta Magnusson Grossman
Located in Berkeley, CA
Greta M. Grossman designed the iconic Gräshoppa Table Lamp in 1947 and with its sophisticated yet playful design, it is still as relevant today. The distinctive, elongated conical sh...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass, Aluminum

Greta Grossman Grasshopper Table Lamp, Andorra Red
By Gubi, Greta Magnusson Grossman
Located in Berkeley, CA
Greta M. Grossman designed the iconic Gräshoppa table lamp in 1947 and with its sophisticated yet playful design, it is still as relevant today. The distinctive, elongated conical sh...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass, Aluminum

Greta Grossman Grasshopper Table Lamp, White
By Gubi, Greta Magnusson Grossman
Located in Berkeley, CA
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Greta Magnusson Grossman 'Grasshopper' Table Lamp in Black Semi-Matte
By Greta Magnusson Grossman, Gubi
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Greta Magnusson Grossman 'Grasshopper' table lamp in black. Designed in 1947 by Grossman, this is an authorized re-edition by GUBI of Denmark who meticulously reproduces her work wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Aluminum, Steel

Greta Grossman Grasshopper Table Lamp, Blue Grey
By Gubi, Greta Magnusson Grossman
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Greta Grossman Grasshopper Table Lamp, Anthracite Grey
By Greta Magnusson Grossman, Gubi
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Aluminum

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