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The unmistakable silhouette of the Grasshopper Floor lamp has become an icon of mid-twentieth century design.

The original lamp, designed in the 1940s and 50s by the late Californian-based, but Swedish-born Gretta Grossman, was heavily influenced by European modernism. The continental movement was imported to the US by celebrated architects, such as Waletr Gropius (founder of the Bauhaus) and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Grossman, herself played an important role in shaping the aesthetic of mid-century North American modernism.

First produced in 1947, the tubular steel tripod stand is tilted backwards, while an elongated aluminium conical shade is ball-jointed onto the arm, in order to direct the light precisely.

Both the stand and the shade are powder-coated for protection, and the contemporary model takes a 60W bulb (not included).

Greta Grossman

Greta Grossman (1906-1999) maintained a prolific forty-year career on two continents: Europe and North America. Her achievements were many and encompassed industrial design, interior design and architecture. In 1933, having successfully completed her fellowship at the renowned Stockholm arts institution, Konstfack, she opened Studio, a combined store and workshop. During the same year Grossman married jazz musician, Billy Grossman with whom she later emigrated to the United States of America, settling in Los Angeles. Through the 1940s and 1950s Grossman exhibited her designs at museums worldwide, including MoMA in New York and The National Museum in Stockholm. Today, Grossman's product designs are highly collectible and are sold at auctions all around the world.

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