Female, Sweden/US, born 07/21/1906, died 08/28/1999

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Grossman, Greta, Architect/Designer


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Born in Helsingborg, Sweden, Greta Magnusson Grossman was trained in design at Stockholm's Konstfack (known in the 1920s as "Högre Konstindustriella Skolan"), concentrating on furniture design. She attained acclaim while in Sweden, capturing some important commissions in the mid-1930s and was included in a 1937 group furniture show at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. As the Hitler's expansionism threatened all regions of Europe, Greta and her husband came to the US in 1940. They settled in Beverly Hills, CA, where she opened a renowned design shop patronized by Hollywood personalities. She collaborated with many established Southern California furniture manufacturing and marketing companies, including Barker Brothers, Sherman Bertram, Martin/Brattrud and Modern Line to produce various furniture pieces in the 1940s. Grossman's best known work was done in the 1940s and 1950s for Glenn of California, a manufacturer based in Arcadia, CA. She was also renowned for her lighting designs--particularly her "Grasshopper" floor lamp, produced by Ralph O. Smith, another Southern CA manufacturer. This particular design was widely copied. Her last residence was located in the 91944 zip code of La Mesa, CA.

Her husband, Billy Grossman, whom she married in 1933, was a band leader.

SSN: 564-30-0074; Grossman designed a small number of houses, in addition to her furniture design. According to the R Gallery web site, a New York seller of vintage mid-century furniture, "Between 1949 and 1959 Grossman designed at least fourteen homes in Los Angeles, one in San Francisco and one back in her native Sweden. Of these, at least ten are still standing [in c. 2000]." (See R Gallery, "Greta Magnusson Grossman,"Accessed 05/02/2011.) This exhibit underscored her success in both Europe and the US, as she shuttled between Sweden and Southern CA.



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  • Beverly Hills, CA (Architect's Office)
    1659 Waynecrest Drive
    Beverly Hills, CA

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  • Leucadia, CA (Architect's Death)
    Leucadia, CA

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