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Geoff Isaac


The first book to celebrate the life and work of Australian designer Grant Featherston, best known for his Contour chairs and creator of hundreds of mid-century designs.


This is the first book to celebrate the life and work of Grant Featherston (1922–1995), the Melbourne-based industrial designer best-known for his Contour chairs. This collection was designed and developed in the early 1950s and remains highly sought after by mid-century modern collectors in Australia and overseas – often fetching $10,000 or more at auction.

Featherston, later joined by his second wife, Mary, designed hundreds of chairs over the next thirty years; however, this astonishing Australian industrial design partnership has gone largely uncelebrated until now. Featherston focuses on the chairs produced between 1947 and 1975 and presents a new biography of the designer, drawn from archival research and interviews with his peers. It is extensively illustrated with over 250 beautiful photographs and includes a selection from the previously unpublished personal archive of Ian Howard, the former Managing Director of Melbourne-based manufacturer Aristoc.

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'Lavish, and copiously illustrated'
Furniture History Society

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Book Details

Format: Quarterbound/PLC (no jacket)

Size: 29.0 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Publication date: 18 January 2018

ISBN: 9780500501108

Contents List

Preface • Introduction • 1. The Early Years • 2. The Contour Range • 3. Beyond Wood • 4. The Age of Steel: The Aristoc Years • 5. The Talk of the Towns • 6. The Search for an Australian Style • 7. Into the Space Age: The Future is Plastic • 8. One Night Seats • 9. Age of the Beanbag • 10. Revival and Legacy

About the Author

Geoff Isaac is a collector and design historian. He is Australia’s foremost expert on the work of Grant and Mary Featherston and the manufacturer that realised many of their designs, Aristoc.

List of Contributors

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