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Grasshopper Floor Lamp

Designer
Greta Magnusson Grossman, American (born Sweden), 1906–1999
Maker
Ralph O. Smith Manufacturing Company, American, c.1949–1954
Date
1947–48
Material
Enameled steel, enameled aluminum, brass
Made in
Burbank, California, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Lighting, metalwork
Current Location
On View, Gallery 130
Dimensions
50 1/4 × 15 × 15 in. (127.6 × 38.1 × 38.1 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by the Ruth Kelso Renfrow Art Club
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
80:2019
NOTES
The imaginative assembly of simple materials—two lengths of tubular steel and a bullet-shaped shade—gives this floor lamp its distinctive, animated form. Designed by Greta Magnusson Grossman in 1947, the aptly titled "Grasshopper Floor Lamp" was featured in a number of the Swedish-born architect’s own residences. Perched high on Los Angeles hilltops, the open-plan houses outfitted with multi-functional furnishings epitomized the casual, indoor-outdoor ethos of California modern.
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