Why We Chose This
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.
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