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Featherston

Geoff Isaac and Nic Bailey

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 288

  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson

  • Date Published: Jan 2018

  • Stock Code: 92061

  • ISBN: 9780500501108

  • Binding: Hardback

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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 It is extensively illustrated with over 250 beautiful photographs and includes a selection from the previously unpublished personal archive of Ian Howard, the former Managing Director of Melbourne-based manufacturer Aristoc.

Table of Contents

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 foran Australian Style
  • 7. Into the Space Age: The Future is Plastic
  • 8. One Night Seats
  • 9. Age of the Beanbag
  • 10. Revival and Legacy

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