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 B230 chair & Ottoman, Australia (stamped), c 1953, 100 x 80 x 86 cm

Grant Featherston, B230 chair, Contour Series, Second generation red wool upholstery, on four tapered wooden legs, c. 1953

Grant Featherston (1922-1995), a B230 armchair, circa 1953, the body of moulded ply upholstered in a chocolate brown cotton canvas raised on out swept legs, stamped manufacturer's mark to base.

A Grant Featherston B230 armchair, circa 1950s-1960s, factory stamp to base, the body of moulded ply upholstered in a red and black textured cloth, raised on out swept hardwood legs

A Grant Featherston B230 Contour chair, the contoured back of moulded ply with a buttoned green upholstery raised on out swept hardwood legs.

Grant Featherston B230 Chair, Second generation aubergine upholstery