Greta Magnusson Grossman 1906–1999

Greta Magnusson Grossman was one of the leading figures of the Los Angeles Modern movement. Born in Sweden in 1906, she began her formal training at the Swedish arts and crafts school Konstfack, where she studied woodworking and ceramics. In 1933, Grossman became the first woman to win second prize for her furniture designs at the Stockholm Craft Association’s furniture competition. After graduating, she opened her own critically acclaimed furniture and interior design atelier. With her popularity, she was even asked by a Swedish princess to design a crib for the royal baby.

After moving to the United States in 1940, Grossman famously reported to the press that the only things she needed for California living were “a car and a pair of shorts.” She continued her entrepreneurial streak by opening up a store in Beverly Hills where her designs were eagerly sought after by Hollywood stars like Greta Garbo, Gracie Allen, and Joan Fontaine. Grossman’s famed Cobra Lamp was featured in both of the Museum of Modern Art of New York’s Good Design exhibitions. Impressed by the famed Eames and Neutra Case Study House program, Grossman designed fourteen houses from 1949 to 1959. Among her most famous is the Hurley Residence in Beverly Hills, which features a melding between indoor and outdoor space, a steel frame construction, and sweeping cantilevers.

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Auction Results Greta Magnusson Grossman

GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, rare floor lamp | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

rare floor lamp

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $63,700
GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, floor lamp | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

floor lamp

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $40,000
GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, rare table lamp | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

rare table lamp

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $26,250
GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, Grasshopper floor lamps, pair | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

Grasshopper floor lamps, pair

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $26,250
GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, table lamp | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

table lamp

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $15,000
GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, Grasshopper floor lamp | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

Grasshopper floor lamp

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $15,000
GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, occasional tables, pair | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

occasional tables, pair

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $13,750
GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, Rare Octagonal coffee table | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

Rare Octagonal coffee table

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $12,500
GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, cabinet | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

cabinet

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $12,500
GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, Double Cobra table lamp | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

Double Cobra table lamp

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $12,500
GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, rare coffee table | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

rare coffee table

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $12,500
GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, table lamp | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

table lamp

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $11,875
GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, Cobra floor lamp | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

Cobra floor lamp

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $11,875
GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, cabinet | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

cabinet

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $11,250
GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, Grasshopper floor lamp | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

Grasshopper floor lamp

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $11,250
GRETA MAGNUSSON GROSSMAN, desk | wright20.com

Greta Magnusson Grossman

desk

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $10,625