This marvel was designed by Greta Magnusson Grossman, a prominent Swedish furniture designer, who took her innovative approach with her to the Los Angeles architectural scene in the mid-20th century. As a furniture designer, Grossman was best-known for her simple and modern Grasshopper lamp. But in 1940 in the midst of World War II, Grossman relocated to Los Angeles, where, in addition to selling furniture, she began pursing a career in both architecture and interior design. She often built homes on top of problematic and small locations, emphasizing her ability to create unique structural solutions.
Over the course of her career, Grossman took on 15 building projects in California, most of which were located in Los Angeles, and one in Europe: Villa Sundin in Hudiksvall, Sweden. Recently, with Villa Sundin put on the market, we were able to take a glimpse inside.
Grossman designed Villa Sundin for Göran Sundin and his family, bringing a taste of California modernism to his home in Sweden. The luminous house boasts an open floor plan with glass walls dressed in sheer white curtains. Chandeliers hang throughout the house, while one of Grossman’s own Grasshopper lamps stands in the family room, giving the house ample lighting.
The designer brings modern functionality to the kitchen with retro green cabinets and drawers among the white countertops and walls.
The one-story house overlooks the grassy backyard, maintaining the house’s privacy and featuring a small covered seating area. Among the glass walls and dark wood panels, bright blue-paneled doors bring color to its exterior.