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. A B210 armchair. Original mustard upholstery. Australia c1950s

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

Grant Featherston, a good and rare B210 contour TV chair, raised on tapering oak legs from a cruciform support, red textured fabric upholstery., original Featherston Furniture label affixed to base

Grant Featherston, B210 Television Chair, designed 1953, purple upholstery, timber tapered legs. Height 86 cm

Grant Featherston, B210 Television Chair, 1953, orange wool upholstery, timber tapered legs (A/F). Height 80 cm

Grant Featherson (1922-1995), a B210 Contour chair, designed 1953 Melbourne, c.1955 Australian hardwood, fabric stamped. Literature: Terence Lane, Featherston chairs, National Gallery of Victoria, 1988, p.29

Grant Featherston, contour armchair, model B210 television chair. body of moulded ply upholstered in textured cotton upholstery raised on four splayed legs. Manufactured circa 1951

Grant Featherston, contour armchair, model B210 television chair. body of moulded ply upholstered in textured cotton upholstery raised on four splayed legs. Manufactured circa 1951

Grant Featherston, B210 chair, painted white wooden frame, blue linen upholstery

Grant Featherston (1922-1995) A B210 armchair, stamped, the body of moulded ply upholstered in vibrant purple striped velvet, raised on out swept supports, rubber stamp to the frame

A pair of Grant Featherston television B210H Contour chairs maker's stamp, each with an open contoured back of moulded ply with original buttoned cream vinyl upholstery raised on out swept hardwood legs maker's stamp to timber support.

Grant Featherston, B210 television chair, designed as part of the Contour series from 1951-1955, manufactured by Emerson Brothers, Australia; timber frame, red upholstery

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