Grant Featherston

Grant Featherston (1922–1995) was an Australian furniture designer whose chair designs in the 1950s became icons of the Atomic Age.

He was born in Geelong Victoria.

He is most famous for his furniture designs, especially The ‘Countour Chair R160’ chair. He marketed his modernist chairs through art galleries including Peter Bray Gallery in Melbourne and they are now highly collectable on a par with fine art and in 2013 began to attain high prices at auction. He is considered Australia’s best known furniture designer. His work has been featured in several museum retrospectives of post-war furniture, including the National Gallery of Victoria 2013 exhibition, Mid-Century Modern Australian Furniture Design.

 

Grant Featherston was an Australian furniture designer whose chair designs in the 1950s became icons of the Atomic Age.
In 1957 Featherston was appointed consultant designer to Aristoc Industries, a Melbourne manufacturer of metal furniture.

This highly fruitful collaboration resulted in the production of a variety of chairs including the ‘Mitzi’ (1957), ‘Scape’ (1960), the ‘Expo 67 talking chair’ and the ‘Stem’ chair of 1969.

Most of featherston’s designs for Aristoc moved away from biomorphic shapes and to- wards lighter, more linear motifs that utilized tubular steel including the Mitzi Chair (1957), the Arabesque Chair (1958) and the heron Chair (1952).

In 1966 Featherston formed a partnership with his wife Mary Featherston, an interior designer who had studied at RMIT. Their ‘Expo 67’ chair, with its polystyrene shell, was only the beginning of a run of chairs that, in the spirit of the times, explored the limitless possibilities of plastics in the creation of innovative seating forms.

He is considered to be one of Australia’s best known furniture designers. His work has been featured in several museum retrospectives of post-war furniture, including the National Gallery of Victoria 2013 exhibition, Mid-Century Modern Australian Furniture Design.

 

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