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), R152 Chair, designed c. 1951, textured green wool upholstery, on four timber tapered legs, (A/F), height 92 cm, width 57 cm, depth 54 cm, Labels: cf. for comparison Terence Lane, Featherston Chairs, National Galle

A Grant Featherston R152 Contour chair. C. 1952 Australia. Moulded ply with striped button back upholstery stamp to base

Grant Featherston Australian R152 chair. C. 1950s purple vinyl button backed upholstery

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), R152 chair, designed 1951 purple vinyl upholstery, on four timber tapered legs

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995) R152 Contour chair, design introduced 1951, contoured back of moulded ply with buttoned blue upholstery, raised on outswept hardwood legs Literature: Terence Lane, Featherston chairs, National Gallery of Victoria,

Grant Featherston, R152 Chair, c. 1951, original upholstery, timber tapered legs. Height 93 cm. Literature: Featherston Chairs, National Gallery of Victoria, Terence Lane, p. 23, p. 29

A Grant Featherston Contour chair, model R152, circa 1952 upholstered in a fabric designed by the artist John Olsen chair stamped underside 91 x 74 x 83 cm

Grant Featherston Contour series, 1951 R152 chair, upholstered in pink material

Grant Featherston Contour series, 1951 R152 chair, upholstered in brown material

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), a R152 Contour chair, designed 1951, Melbourne, c.1955 silky oak, fabric. Literature: Terence Lane, Featherston chairs, National Gallery of Victoria, 1988, pgs 22, 23. Notes: accompanied with a colour copy of a photograph sho

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), a R152 Contour chair, designed 1951, Melbourne, c.1956 Australian hardwood, fabric. Literature: Terence Lane, Featherston chairs, National Gallery of Victoria, 1988, pgs 22, 23

Grant Featherston (1922-1995) an R152 Contour chair, the body of moulded ply with flocked burgundy upholstery, raised on splayed supports, residual black factory stamp to base, (later stained base).

Grant Featherston R152 Contour chair, moulded plywood frame and green upholstery, manufacturer's label stamped to wooden support. Height 98 cm. Depth 47 cm

Grant Featherston R152 Contour chair, moulded plywood frame and green upholstery, manufacturer's label stamped to wooden support. Height 98 cm. Depth 47 cm

A Grant Featherston R152 contour chair, circa 1951-1955, factory stamp to base, the body of moulded ply with original purple vinyl upholstery, raised on out swept hardwood legs

A pair of Grant Featherston R152 contour chairs, circa 1951, each with a body of moulded ply with later grey velvet upholstery raised on out swept hardwood legs, stamped factory mark to base

A Grant Featherston R152 Contour chair the contoured back of moulded ply with buttoned brown upholstery, raised on out swept hardwood legs.

A Grant Featherston R152 Contour chair black factory stamp to base, the contoured back of moulded ply with buttoned brown velvet stripe upholstery, raised on out swept hardwood legs

A Grant Featherston R152 Contour chair, the contoured back of moulded ply with buttoned brown upholstery, raised on out swept hardwood legs

A Grant Featherston R152 Contour chair, the contoured back of moulded ply with buttoned brown upholstery, raised on out swept hardwood legs

A hand made Grant Featherston R152 Contour chair, the contoured back of moulded ply with original buttoned cardinal red upholstery to the front raised on out swept silky oak legs. Provenance: purchased by the current owner from the Son of Grant Featherston

Grant Featherston pair of R152 Contour chairs, tan vinyl upholstery, black finish legs. Height 88 cm

Grant Featherston pair of R152 Chairs, 1951, upholstered in original blue Belgian linen and resting on turned tapered legs (2)

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