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 R160 armchair, Australia, c 1950s, 91 cm high, 60 cm wide, 78 cm deep

Grant Featherston R160 Contour chair with matching ottoman, in flecked peach upholstery, Australia, c 1950s, 92 cm high, 69 cm wide, 73 cm deep

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995), R160 Chair, designed c. 1951, manufactured by Gordon Mather Industries, brown cotton upholstery, on wooden tapered legs, height 95 cm width 67 cm depth 65 cm, Labels: cf. for comparison Terence Lane, Featherston C

A 1950s Australian Grant Featherston R160 Contour chair, upholstered in original 1950's red fabric, fully restored

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995), R160 chair, designed c. 1951, green velvet upholstery, on wooden tapered legs, height 92 cm, width 71 cm, depth 60 cm, labels: cf. For comparison Terence Lane, Featherston chairs, National Gallery of Victoria, 30

Grant Featherston. A pair of 'R160' armchairs. Original tapestry fleck-fabric upholstery. Australia c1950s

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995), R160 Chair, designed c1951, khaki velvet upholstery, moulded plywood tapered legs, height 93 cm, width 69 cm, depth 55 cm, Labels: cf. for comparison Terence Lane, Featherston Chairs, National Gallery of Victoria,

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995), R160 Rocking Chair, designed c. 1953, orange upholstery, on tapered timber legs, with rockers, Labels: cf. for comparison Terence Lane, Featherston Chairs, National Gallery of Victoria, 30 March - 7 August 1988

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995), R160 Chair, designed 1951, red velour upholstery, on four timber tapered legs, height 94 cm, width 68 cm, depth 59 cm, Labels: cf. for comparison Terence Lane, Featherston Chairs, National Gallery of Victoria, 30

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995). R160 chair manufactured by Gordon Mather Industries, white leather upholstery, on tapered legs, together with matching foot stool, (A/F) surface wear to leather, (2)

Grant Featherston Australian R160 chair. C. 1950s olive vinyl button backed upholstery

Grant Featherston Australian R160 chair. C. 1950s lime green button backed upholstery

Grant Featherston Australian R160 chair. C. 1951 reupholstered in yellow wool, stamped

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995) R160 Contour armchair, design introduced 1951, body of moulded ply and upholstered in orange floral cloth raised on outswept hardwood legs Literature: Terence Lane, Featherston chairs, National Gallery of Victoria,

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995) R160 Contour armchair and footstool, design introduced c.1951, body of moulded ply and upholstered in cream velour raised on outswept hardwood legs. Literature: Terence Lane, Featherston chairs, National Gallery of

Pair of Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995) R160 Contour armchairs, design introduced c.1951, moulded ply with outswept arms, raised on hardwood outswept legs, re-upholstered in buttoned red vinyl over original gold fabric, both with 'Grant Featherst

Grant Featherston, (1922-1995) R160 chair, c. 1951 gold velour upholstery, on four timber tapered legs, faded manufacturers stamp to base, with accompanying Princes gallery invoice, 52 Collins St, Melbourne, 1954. Height 92 cm. Width 64 cm. Depth 93 cm. Pr

Grant Featherston, (1922-1995), R160 chair, c. 1951 gold velour upholstery, on four timber tapered legs, faded manufactures stamp to base, with accompanying Princes Gallery invoice, 52 Collins St, Melbourne, 1954. Height 92 cm. Width 64 cm. Depth 93 cm. Pr

Featherston R160 rocking chair, purchased from Myer in the late 1950's, original rosewood finish on the timber frame, as ordered by our vendor. Re-upholstered in black vinyl in the 1970's

Featherston R160 rocking chair, purchased from Myer in the late 1950's, original rosewood finish on the timber frame, as ordered by our vendor. Re-upholstered in black vinyl in the 1970's

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), R160 Contour armchair upholstered in orange wool. Literature: Terence Lane, Featherston Chairs, National Gallery of Victoria, 1988, p. 23

Grant Featherston, R160 armchair, c. 1951, timber frame with white vinyl upholstery, faded stamped to base 'Emerson' (A/F). Height 92 cm

Grant Featherston, R160 armchair, c. 1951, timber frame with white vinyl upholstery (A/F). Height 92 cm

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), a pair of R160 armchairs, designed 1951 Melbourne, c.1955 silky oak, fabric. Literature: Terence Lane, Featherston chairs, National Gallery of Victoria, 1988, p. 25

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), a R160 Contour armchair, designed 1951 Melbourne, c.1955 silky oak, fabric. Literature: Terence Lane, Featherston chairs, National Gallery of Victoria, 1988, p. 25

Grant Featherston, R160 armchair, c. 1951, timber frame with white vinyl upholstery

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), a R160 Contour armchair, designed 1951, Melbourne, c.1955 silky oak, fabric. Literature: Terence Lane, Featherston chairs, National Gallery of Victoria, 1988, p. 25. Notes: accompanied with a colour copy of a photograph showi

Grant Featherston, 'R160' chair, c. 1951 of the Contour series, white vinyl upholstery

Grant Featherston (1922-1995) an R160 rocking chair and Ottoman unmarked, the body of moulded ply with orange wool upholstery, together with a matching ottoman.

Grant Featherston, R160 Contour chair, moulded plywood frame and pale blue upholstery, manufacturer's label stamped to wooden support. Height 90 cm. Depth 48 cm

Grant Featherston, R160 Contour chair, moulded plywood frame and pale blue upholstery, manufacturer's label stamped to wooden support. Height 90 cm. Depth 48 cm

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), an R160 armchair, the body of moulded ply upholstered in floral canvas, raised on out swept supports, manufactures stamp to base (fabric distressed).

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), a pair of R160 armchairs, circa 1951, each with a body of moulded ply and upholstered in red woollen cloth raised on outs wept supports, (the base limed at a later date and lacking manufacturer's stamp).

A Grant Featherston R160 contour dining chair, circa 1951-55, factory stamp to base, the body of moulded ply with original yellow vinyl upholstery, raised on out swept hardwood legs

A Grant Featherston R160 contour dining chair, circa 1951-55, the body of moulded ply upholstered in a contemporary red textured velour and raised on outswept hardwood legs

A pair of Grant Featherston R160 Contour chairs and stool stamped manufacturer's mark, each with a contoured wing back of moulded ply with buttoned brown upholstery, raised on out swept hardwood legs, maker's stamp to timber support on all items.

A Grant Featherston R160 Contour chair and stool, the contoured wing back of moulded ply with buttoned green upholstery, raised on out swept hardwood legs.

A Grant Featherston R160 Contour chair, the contoured wing back of moulded ply with buttoned green upholstery, raised on out swept hardwood legs.

Three c.1951 Grant Featherston white vinyl upholstered armchairs. Manufactured by Emerson Bros. Australia. Model No. R160. Height 93 cm (Maximum)

A pair of Grant Featherston R160 Contour chairs stamped manufacturer's mark, each with a contoured wing back of moulded ply with buttoned green upholstery raised on out swept hardwood legs maker's stamp to timber support.

Grant Featherston R160 Armchair, Original blue and green tweed wool upholstery

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