‘Scape’ armchair designed by Grant Featherston

Made by Aristoc Industries Pty Ltd in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1957-1960.

One of the new wave of Australian designers to emerge in the immediate post-war years, Grant Featherston (1922-1995) designed his first chair in 1947. In the early 1950s he developed the now famous ‘Contour’ range of chairs. First launched in 1951, the ‘Contour’ was an immediate success, its innovative plywood shell formed using a process that Featherston developed himself in the absence of suitable plywood bending technology locally. In 1957 Featherston was appointed consultant designer to Aris...


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Physical Description

Chair with a curving petal shaped seat and separate curved, shield shaped back. Both are mounted on a black steel frame with tapering legs. The seats are upholstered in white vinyl which is moulded with a weave pattern.


Metal plaque 'Aristoc / INDUSTRIES / GLEN WAVERLEY VIC. / TEL. 560 9111'



Grant Featherston is regarded as one of Australia's most important designers since the second world war. The 'Scape' chair was an early product of his highly successful association with Aristoc Industries Pty Ltd, a leading Australian manufacturer of metal furniture. Aristoc's slogan was 'Planned perfection through machines', and the facilities of its factory provided Featherston with the opportunity to be more ambitious in his approach to furniture design. His access to metal technologies allowed him to achieve a new level of refinement for his dynamic forms. In the 'Scape' the back and seat components with their dramatic curving planes, appear to float over the tapered steel frame.


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Aristoc Industries Pty Ltd 1957-1960


Credit Line

Purchased 1992

Acquisition Date

8 December 1992

Cite this Object


'Scape' armchair designed by Grant Featherston 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 October 2018, <https://ma.as/126174>


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