Designed in 1948 and represented in MoMA’s collection, the Cobra Lamp is one of the most iconic designs by Greta M. Grossman. Because of its groundbreaking design—which includes a shade that mimics a cobra’s hooded throat—the lamp won the Good Design Award in 1950 from Good Design®, an organization founded that year by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., Eero Saarinen, and Ray and Charles Eames. The lamp was subsequently exhibited at MoMA’s Good Design Show. The Cobra Lamp, and other designs that Grossman developed in her California studio, helped usher in a new phase of midcentury modern design.
In or Related to MoMA's Collection
The Museum of Modern Art established the world's first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design. MoMA Design Store carries a selection of design objects from that collection. We only offer authorized versions in the colors and materials selected by the original designers. MoMA's design collection is ever-changing, a reflection of the evolving field of design itself.
This iconic lamp, a design in MoMA's collection now celebrating its 70th anniversary, takes its name from the shade’s shape—a cobra’s neck. The 360-degree rotating shade creates a wide range of lighting options.