Let’s take a step back to 1948. Greta Grossman, a Swedish-born architect and product designer, was a rising star in midcentury modern design. Although her work has been on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art sice 1950, and was the recipient of the prestigious “Good Design” award, her name somehow escapes even well-versed design heads. We’re still not entirely sure why this is the case.
Regardless, Grossman made some damn good-looking lighting fixtures in her day. This afternoon, we’re admiring two of her most famous pieces: the Grashoppa floor lamp and its smaller desk-size counterpart. Manufactured by Gubi, each piece was worked to the designer’s original specifications in powder-coated steel and aluminum. This is as close to the original as it gets.