Low Walnut Bench / Table by Greta Magnusson Grossman
Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906-1999) is one of the forefront Swedish-American designers, with a prolific forty-year career on two continents, Europe and North America, with achievements in industrial design, interior design and architecture. Originally from Sweden, Grossman moved to Beverly Hills in 1940 to join her husband, jazz bandleader Billy Grossman, where she opened a shop featuring her own designs. Grossman is most famous for creating designs that reflect inherent properties of the material. Her own brand of Swedish Modernism was tempered by a Southern California aesthetic--her preferred material was California walnut, and their slender proportions makes them immediately identifiable. She had many famous clients including Greta Garbo, Joan Fontaine and Gracie Allen, as well as a crib for Sweden's Pricess Brigitta. Grossman's designs have been included in numerous international exhibitions and exhibited at institutions, such as MoMA, where she was awarded the Good Design award in 1950 and 1952, The Nationalmuseum (Stockholm, Sweden), Röhsska Museet (Gothenburg, Sweden), Museum of Modern Art (New York, United States), Museum of Industry and Science (Chicago, United States) and the de Young Museum (San Francisco, United States). The Arkitekturmuseet presented her first major retrospective of her exemplary pieces of furniture and lighting.