Learn about Grant Featherston

Grant Featherston was Australia's leading 'post modernist' furniture designer. He was born in 1922 in Geelong, and gained prominence in 1947 when he produced his relaxation chairs. They were made from plywood and webbing, although some were upholstered with sponge rubber and fabric.

Featherston's philosophy that a chair should follow the body's contours was confirmed in the design of his contour chairs, which were produced for five years from 1951, Plywood was used for the chair's frame, which was upholstered. Examples are shown.

Mild steel and cane were used for the cane-metal chair, designed in 1954. This was followed by the easy chairs of 1955 that were constructed from plywood, iron, rubber webbing, and were upholstered. The townhouse suite followed in 1956.

From 1957 to 1970 Grant Featherston was consultant to metal furniture manufacturer, Aristoc Industries. Chairs were designed and mass-produced, and may still be seen across Australia. Some designs are still being made today. The Delma stacking chair, in particular, was copied by other manufacturers.

The Scape armchair, made in 1960, was highly sculptured and manufactured from a small number of separate parts. more...

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Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995), A310H Space dining chair, designed 1953, upholstered in green fabric, raised on four tapered wooden legs, height 73 cm, width 58 cm, depth 66 cm. Provenance: Marion hall Best, thence by descent

A Grant Featherston chair, original pink velvet upholstery

Grant Featherston by Aristoc 'Varna' chair, Balck leather and aluminium, c1966, Australia

Grant Featherston series 21 chair for Aristoc, black leather, c1957, Australia

Grant Featherston A310 Space Chair, original upholstery, stamped, c1953, Australia

Grant Featherston eight Scape chairs for Aristoc, yellow leather and metal, 76 cm high, 47 cm wide, 50 cm deep, c1960, Australia

A pair of Grant Featherston Scope chairs, circa 1960s, original hand stitched upholstery. Provenance: Geoffrey Hatty Art & Design

Two pairs of 1950s Aristoc chairs, and a Grant Featherston Scape chair

A 1950s arm chair in black vinyl attributed to Grant Featherston for Aristoc

A 1950s Bendix swivel chair in red vinyl by Grant Featherston

A 1950s Bendix dining setting by Grant Featherston, comprising four chairs in green vinyl and a Laminex top table

Grant Featherston. Model A310. In orange nubby fabric. Australia c1950s

A 1953 Grant Featherston 210 Chair. In navy upholstery. 80 cm high, 71 cm wide, 76 cm deep

Grant Featherston. An 'Rs 161' Sette. Original tapestry fleck-fabric upholstery. Australia c1950s

Day Bed. A day bed in the style of 'Grant Featherston. Original upholstery. Australia c1950s. 78 cm high, 194 cm wide, 80 cm deep

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995), Scape Armchair, designed 1960, plywood frame, upholstered in green vinyl, with decal label underneath 'Aristoc Industries Glen Waverley Vic., height 90 cm, width 64 cm, depth 72 cm, Labels: cf. for comparison Tere

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995), Scape Armchair, designed 1960, plywood frame, upholstered in blue vinyl, with decal label underneath 'Aristoc Industries Glen Waverley Vic., height 90 cm, width 64 cm, depth 72 cm, Labels: cf. for comparison Teren

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995), W180 Chair and Footstool, designed 1953, original mustard tweed wool upholstery, on four wooden tapered legs, height 103 cm, width 69 cm, depth 58 cm, Labels: cf. for comparison Terence Lane, Featherston Chairs, N

A 1954 Grant Featherston E1 Eleanor chair in yellow vinyl 82 cm high, 103 cm wide, 77 cm deep

Featherston contour 1950's armchair & Tasmanian oak 1960's coffee table. Height 40 cm, width 56 cm, depth 43 cm.

A rare upholstered Grant Featherston chair, circa 1977. This model was the last of the Numero Suite Model Number 8. NB: Newspaper paper reference included

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995). Contour W180 or high back chair, designed 1953 wool upholstery on four tapered timber legs

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995). A310H Space chair, designed 1953 floral upholstery on four tapered timber legs

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995). Two A310H Space dining chairs, designed 1953 pink upholstery and cream with pink and cream geometric motifs upholstery, on four timber tapered legs, (2)

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995). Two A310H Space dining chairs, designed 1953 floral upholstery and mixed wool upholstery, on four timber tapered legs, (2)

A Grant Featherston R161 Contour settee. C. 1951 Australia. (Af to base)

A prototype Grant Featherston Numero IV setting. C. 1960s Australia. Eight piece setting in orange wool fabric with white plastic base. Stamped. Dunlopillo foam. (the only setting produced with white plastic base from personal Featherston archive)

A Grant Featherston Eleanor Contour chair. C. 1950s, Australia. (stamped) Af split to base

Grant Featherston Australian B210H television chair. C. 1953 stamp to base, original with new upholstery

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), A310H Space chair, designed 1953 green velvet upholstery, on four timber tapered legs. Height 74 cm, width 65 cm, depth 41 cm

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), Cowhide footstool on four timber tapered legs. Height 49 cm, width 62 cm. Provenance: Bretag modern Artifacts, Paddington, 1994

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995) Town house chair, design introduced 1956, the body of moulded ply in orange upholstery raised on outswept hardwood legs Literature: Terence Lane, Featherston chairs, National Gallery of Victoria, 1988, p.37

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995) Expo Mark II sound chair, design introduced 1967, curved high back and body of fibreglass and expanded rigid polystyrene, upholstered in wool and polyurethane, paper and fabric manufacturer's labels 113.5 cm high.

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995) A310H Space dining chair, design introduced 1953, body of moulded ply with an open back, upholstered in brown vinyl raised on later swivel base Literature: Terence Lane, Featherston chairs, National Gallery of Vict

Grant Featherston (Australian,1922-1995) set of four Scape dining chairs, design introduced 1960, steel, red vinyl

Grant Featherston, (1922-1995), two A310H Space dining chairs, designed 1953 upholstered in red fabric, on timber tapered legs (2). Height 70 cm. Width 65 cm. Provenance: Literature: National Gallery of Victoria, 'Featherston chairs', 30 March - 7 August 1

Featherston style wing back chair. Studded velvet upholstery, on painted black legs. No label apparent. Height 89 cm

Grant Featherston, a set of six contour dining chairs, upholstered in grey fabric on splayed tapering legs

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), coffee table circa 1953, silky oak, 40 x 106 x 61 cm. Notes: for a similar example refer to Terence Lane, Featherston Chairs, National Gallery of Victoria, 1988, p. 26

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