Rare pair of Greta Grossman end tables for Glenn of California

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These end tables have been restored and are in great vintage condition. 

Greta Magnusson Grossman designed these end tables for Glenn of California. They feature two tired shelf with a smaller shelf on top and a larger shelf on the bottom. Executed in beautiful walnut. They have a very simple but modern appeal to them with an amazing architectural feel to them. The top shelf is smaller providing a gap between the shelf and support beam, this was used hold magazines or books. 

Dimensions: 30"w x 20.5"d x 20"h

 About the Designer: 

Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906-1999) maintained a prolific forty-year career on two continents: Europe and North America and operated as mover and shaker in the male dominated world of mid-century modern design.  Original Grossman-designed objects are now highly sought after.

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 in Stockholm.

After she married British jazz musician Billy Grossman, nicknamed the “Benny Goodman of Sweden,” the couple went on a harrowing journey through Russia to escape Nazi Europe. They arrived in Los Angeles in late 1940, the wry Grossman quipping to reporters that all she needed to start her new Southern California life was “a car and some shorts.”

 

Upon their arrival in California in 1940, Grossman opened a well publicized shop on Rodeo Drive, where she was among the first to bring the Scandinavian modern aesthetic to southern California's burgeoning modernist scene. Her unique approach to Swedish modernism was an instant hit in Los Angeles and soon she attracted celebrity clients, including Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Fontaine, Gracie Allen and Frank Sinatra and it was not long before she began appearing alongside the likes of Charles Eames and Isamu Noguchi.

While Grossman is the architect behind more than 15 homes spanning the globe from California to Sweden, she is most noted for her industrial designs where the Gräshoppa Floor Lamp and Cobra Table Lamp belongs to the most famous works. 

From 1949 to 1959, Grossman designed fourteen homes in the Los Angeles area, all based on the Case Study House design principles, but on a smaller scale. Yet it was their construction that revealed Grossman’s architectural acumen. Many of her glass-walled houses stood on problematic hillsides, requiring stilts and other structural solutions. Approximately ten Grossman-designed homes still stand, including the Hurley house, the Frances Nelson houses, and the Jim Backus house, an undersized Modern gem set among stately mansions in Bel-Air. 

Through the 1940's and 50's Grossman exhibited her designs at museums worldwide, including MOMA in New York and the national museum in Stockholm. Yet inexplicably, following her retirement in the late 1960's Grossman’s name all but disappeared from the design landscape. 

The mid-twentieth century marked the height of Grossman’s career. She taught at UCLA and at Art Center in Pasadena, was lauded by contemporaries and critics, and received considerable press coverage. Her work was featured regularly in Arts & Architecture magazine.  

Grossman undoubtedly helped define California Modernism. Yet in 1966, with no fanfare, she simply departed the world of architecture and design. She retired to a house she built for herself in Encinitas, California and spent the rest of her life painting landscapes until her death in 1999.