In 1950, Greta Magnusson Grossman was awarded the MoMA Good Design award for the Cobra lamp. The forms of Magnusson Grossman’s furniture and lamps are both organic and ultra modern in their simplicity and functionality. The finish on her lamps recalls automotive finishes, giving them a uniquely American quality. The Cobra lamp and Grasshopper lamp are her most enduring and popular designs.
These sketches are studies for lamps Magnusson Grossman designed for Ralph O. Smith in 1947 and 1948. They are taken from Greta Magnusson Grossman: Furniture and Lighting (The Drawing Center, Drawing Papers Volume 8, 2008).