Swedish architect and designer

Greta Magnusson Grossman

(1906 - 1999)

Stockholm-born Greta Magnusson Grossman in the late 1920s is offered a scholarship at the renowned Stockholm Academy of Arts Konstfack, where in 1933 she successfully completes her degree. In the 1930s Grossman significantly influences the Swedish design and architecture scene. She has an extremely productive career of forty years in Europe and North America, with numerous successes in the fields of industrial and interior design as well as classical architecture.
As one of the first women ever she receives a Swedish design award and opens a studio in Stockholm – a combined workshop and furniture store. Together with her husband, the jazz musician Billy Grossman, she emigrates to the US in 1940, and after only a few months opens a new store in Los Angeles.
She designs numerous pieces of furniture and lamps as well as more than a dozen private residential buildings, many of which still stand today. Her trademark are houses on stilts or rather support columns, nestling in the hilly outback of California. Grossman's projects are part of numerous international exhibitions and presented to the public, among others, at MoMA/New York, or the National Museum in Stockholm/Sweden.