Greta Magnusson Grossman, the designer who became famous for designing a cushioned crib for Sweden's Princess Birgitta and went on to design California modern homes, left Sweden in 1940. When asked by a journalist what she would need for her new California life, she said, “A car and some shorts.” That quote is the title of the current Grossman retrospective at Pasadena Museum of California Art, which includes mainly her furniture — anthropomorphic lamps, low-to-the-ground tables with delicately curved tops, skinny chairs and folding screens. 490 E. Union St., Pasadena; through Feb. 24. (626) 568-3665,

Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 28. Continues through Feb. 24, 2012

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