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Architecture: Splurge/Bargain

Splurge: Grasshopper floor lamp, $875 at Design Within Reach, (800) 944-2233 or Sticking with the Midcentury theme, how about a reissued floor lamp by one of the great pioneers of modern industrial design, Greta Magnusson Grossman? Grossman was born in Sweden but moved to Los Angeles with her American husband, jazz bandleader Billy Grossman; she is one of the stars, without a doubt, of the LACMA exhibition, and just in time for that show, Design Within Reach has begun selling one of her finest designs, the Grasshopper floor lamp, with its delicate, canted, three-legged profile. Bargain: Arts & Architecture prints, $19.95 each, Bringing the modern spirit into your house doesn't require seeking out a Grossman design, however; a more modestly prized alternative is one of the prints available at the LACMA shop reproducing covers from Arts & Architecture magazine, the L.A.-based journal that launched the Case Study program and championed the work of the Eameses, Raphael Soriano and Craig Ellwood. The covers include designs by Saul Bass, John Follis and others. -- Christopher HawthorneDesign Within Reach; Arts & Architecture magazine cover reproduction, design by Erwin G. Lang, May 1956. Image ©David Travers 2006-11.