The B-4 Table Lamp by Greta M. Grossman was designed in 1945 and bears her whimsical and powerful signature style. With playful angles and geometric elements, the table lamp is characterized by its colourful and movable visors allowing light to diffuse softly around any table it stands on. The lamp fits effortlessly into almost any environment, adding a dash of American modernism panache to the room. The silhouette of the B-4 Table Lamp, with its stilt base and alternating colour panels, resembles some of Greta M. Grossman’s most iconic architecture more than any other design item from her career. Typically, her houses were perched high up on stilts with cantilevered decks and walls of glass to take in the magnificent hillside views of Southern California – and with a fanciful style the B-4 Table Lamp beautifully reflects her modernist design principles.
Greta Grossman (1906-1999) maintained a prolific forty-year career on two continents: Europe and North America. 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. During the same year Grossman married jazz musician, Billy Grossman with whom she later emigrated to the United States, settling in Los Angeles. Through the 40's and 50's Grossman exhibited her designs at museums worldwide, including MoMA in New York and The National Museum in Stockholm.