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 D350 dining chairs, original black 1950s vinyl with white buttons (some buttons missing, torn upholstery, Australia, c 1953, 73 cm high, 45 cm wide, 58 cm deep

Grant Featherston four D350 dining chairs, mustard vinyl upholstery, Australia, c 1950s, 80 cm high, 47 cm wide, 50 cm deep

Grant Featherston three D350 dining chairs, in brown wool upholstery, Australia, c 1950s, 75 cm high, 45 cm wide, 54

Grant Featherston two D350 dining chairs, Australia, c 1950s, 84 cm high, 50 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Grant Featherston (Australian, 1922-1995), Six D350 Dining Chairs, designed 1951, white leather upholstery, on four timber tapered legs, (A/F) (6), height 74 cm, width 42 cm, depth 40 cm, Labels: cf. for comparison Terence Lane, Featherston Chairs, Nationa

A set of 6 Grant Featherston D350 dining chairs designed 1951.

Six 1951 Grant Featherston D350 dining chairs 80 cm high, 48 cm wide, 51 cm deep

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), D350 dining chair, c1951 silk velvet upholstery on black splayed legs. Height 77.5 cm. Width 47 cm. Depth 50 cm

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), pair of D350 dining chairs claret velour, teak note: legs have been painted, some buttons missing. Literature: Terence Lane, Featherston Chairs, National Gallery of Victoria, 1988, p. 26

A Grant Featherston D350 Contour chair the contoured back of moulded ply with buttoned upholstery, raised on out swept hardwood legs.

A set of six Grant Featherston D350 dining chairs, each with a contoured back and seat of moulded ply with original yellow and black upholstery, metal makers label, designed and Distributed by Grant Featherston manufactured by Kennett Bros. And Rayner, tog