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Greta Grossman, for a while relegated to the footnotes of design history, is finally getting the deserved recognition as one of the pioneers of mid-century modernism in both Sweden and California. Today mostly remembered for her elegant and playful Grasshopper Lamp, in the 1950s and 60s, Greta Grossman was a highly sought-after architect, interior and industrial designer who worked across two continents.

Grossman made her name in the male-dominated architecture scene in Los Angeles, saying working as a female architect “kept you on your toes. You had to be a step ahead or else”.

Backus House, L. A. with Grasshopper Lamp in the foreground, photo by Donald J. Higgins [1] | Greta and her home in 1959, photos by Julius Schulman [3] Source: dwell.com

Cast Edge Table No. 1. A live edge cast in Bronze seamlessly meets a California Claro Walnut slab. Very excited to share this project that has been in the works for months.

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     Case Study House #21 by Pierre Koening. 1958 9038 Wonderland Park Avenue, West Hollywood.

     The Case Study House Program was a series of houses designed for private clients (some fictional) to be publicized in Arts & Architecture magazine. 36 houses were designed from 1945 to 1966 but only 28 were built. All of them were built in Los Angeles, California. They were meant to demonstrate the beauty and efficiency of Modern design and modular steel construction. These houses were meant to be a model for the typical American family to be emulated everywhere. They proved to be far less efficient than they purported to be. They could not be afforded by many people, and so were not direct influences on the typical American house at the time. They were, however, very influential on public perception of the architecture of their time.They are now thought of as the epitome of mid-century Modernism in Los Angeles.

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The Sheats Goldstein Residence | Architect: John Lautner

James “Goldy” Goldstein discusses the home and working with famed architect John Lautner. The modernist masterpiece has been featured in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, French Exit, and The Big Lebowski.

It is speculated that Goldstein made billions in real estate (notably Century City in Los Angeles) - Via