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), RS161 Contour Settee, designed 1951, upholstered in red fabric, on four tapered timber tapered legs, bearing Grant Featherston label underneath, height 89 cm, width 120 cm, depth 76 cm

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), an RS161 settee, circa 1951, 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 RS161 settee, circa 1951, the contoured wing back of moulded ply with buttoned green upholstery raised on out swept hardwood legs 183 cm. Length of back.

Grant Featherston, RS161 settee, second generation upholstery, stamped makers mark