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 set of four early production Contour dining chairs, houndstooth stretch fabric, Australia, c 1950

Grant Featherston pair of A310H Space dining chairs, original grey vinyl upholstery (in need of restoration), Australia, c 1953, 77 cm high, 64 cm wide, 70 cm deep

Grant Featherston B210H television chair, original upholstery, Australia, c 1953

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995), Varna chair, designed 1966, manufactured by Aristoc Industries Pty. Ltd., green vinyl upholstery, cast aluminium pedestal base, height 85 cm, labels: This chair is illustrated in Geoff Isaac, Featherston, Thames &

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995), pair of A310H Space chairs, designed 1953, green velvet upholstery, raised on four tapered timber legs (2), height 76 cm

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Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995), pair of A310H Space chairs, designed 1953, pink velvet upholstery, raised on four tapered timber legs (2), height 76 cm, labels: This chair is illustrated in Geoff Isaac, Featherston, Thames & Hudson, 2017, p.

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995), wing armchair, designed c. 1951, with pale pink floral print upholstery, height 98 cm width 69 cm depth 86 cm, labels: Cf. For comparison Terence Lane, Featherston chairs, National Gallery of Victoria, 1988, cover

Grant Featherston pair of 55 Industrie chairs, pale green / grey original upholstery on chrome base, Australia, c 1986, 93 x 64 x 73 cm

Grant Featherston dining table and six chairs for Aristoc, Laminate, steel and vinyl, Australia, c. 1960's. Chairs 82 cm high, 46 cm wide, 55 cm deep.table 72 cm high, 152 cm wide, 91 cm deep

Grant Featherston pair of Arabesque carvers for Aristoc, original teal vinyl upholstery on black metal frame, Australia, c 1958

Grant Featherston R210 Tv chair and Ottoman, Origianl fabric, Australia, c. 1952

Grant Featherston A310 Space chair on swivel base, original lime flecked fabric, Australia, c. 1950s, 84 cm high, 68 cm wide, 62 cm deep

Grant Featherston Expo chair, original orange wool upholstery, Australia, c. 1958, 110 cm high, 72 cm wide, 80 cm deep

Grant Featherston Bendix armchair for Aristoc, purple vinyl upholstery, Australia, c 1957

Grant Featherston Bendix armchair for Aristoc, mustard and burgundy vinyl, Australia, c 1957

Grant Featherston series 21 chair on casters, black vinyl on swivel base, Australia, c 1950s

Grant and Mary Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995 and b. 1943), Stem Chair, designed 1968-1969, manufactured by Aristoc Industries Pty Ltd, moulded white plastic seat on white powder-coated circular metal base, with circular orange wool cushion

A Featherston chair, requiring restoration. Height 71 cm.

Two Grant Featherston Gyro chairs, purple velvet upholstery, Australia, c 1969

Grant Featherston Scape setting for Aristoc, table and six chairs, white vinyl on metal base, faux timber style laminate, Australia, c 1950s, table 74 cm high, 151 cm wide, 87d, chair 78 cm high, 50 cm wide, 56 cm deep

Grant Featherston Eleanor chair, in grey upholstery, Australia, c 1950s, 81 cm high, 108 cm wide, 74 cm deep

Grant Featherston Ottoman, original olive upholstery, Australia, c 1950s, 59 cm high, 64 cm wide, 41 cm deep

Rare Grant Featherston 51 Easy Chair, in need of reupholstery, Australia, c 1955, 82 cm high, 80 cm wide, 75 cm deep

Grant Featherston BS231H settee, in original orange upholstery, Australia, c 1953, 100 cm high, 115 cm wide, 100 cm deep

Grant Featherston 'Varna' setting for Aristoc, circular table and four chairs, Laminate and vinyl on aluminium base, Australia, c 1960s, table 74 cm high, 90d, chair 78 cm high, 39 cm wide, 54 cm deep

Grant Featherston Relaxation chair, satin upholstery, Australia, c 1950s, 82 cm high, 55 cm wide, 73 cm deep

Grant Featherston coffee table, Australia, c 1950s, 40 cm high, 116 cm wide, 60 cm deep

Grant Featherston A310 Space chair, in white vinyl upholstery, Australia, c 1950s, 74 cm high, 66 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Grant Featherston Mark 2 Sound Chair, original burnt orange wool upholstery, full working order, Australia, c 1967, 115 cm high, 71 cm wide, 74 cm deep

Grant Featherston desk by Kennett Bros & Rayner, ash venner on metal frame, Australia, c 1950s, 75 cm high, 122 cm wide, 60 cm deep

Rare Grant Featherston wing chair, in need of reupholstery, Australia, c 1951, 97 cm high, 72 cm wide, 84d, as featured on the cover of Featherston chairs NGV by Terence Lane

Grant Featherston series 21 chair, vinyl upholstery on wooden base, Australia, c 1950s, 78 cm high, 66 cm wide, 58 cm deep

Grant Featherston Executive Contour chair, in blue vinyl on tripod wooden base, Australia, c 1950s, 82 cm high, 63 cm wide, 59 cm deep

Grant Featherston green Numero chair, green upholstery, Australia, c 1950s, 61 cm high, 77 cm wide, 80 cm deep

Grant Featherston 'Stem' setting for Aristoc, circular table and four chairs, Laminate and fibreglass, Australia, c 1969, table 7 cm high, 106, chair 71 cm high, 56 cm wide, 53 cm deep

Grant Featherston R161 settee, in cowhide upholstery, Australia, c 1950s, 90 cm high, 123 cm wide, 88 cm deep

Grant Featherston Obo ball chair, original covering and label, Australia, c 1974, 80 cm deep

Grant Featherston two Bendix chairs on swivel base, vinyl on metal frame, Australia, c 1950s, 85 cm high, 61 cm wide, 57 cm deep

Grant Featherston Flip top dining table, Australia, c 1950s, 77 cm high, 90 cm wide, 84 cm deep, Extended 168 wide

Grant Featherston Eleanor chair, in speckled cherry upholstery, Australia, c 1950s, 81 cm high, 108 cm wide, 74 cm deep

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