‘Mitzi’ chair by Grant Featherston

Made by Featherston, Grant in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1957.

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...

Summary

Object No.

92/1971

Physical Description

Chair of black painted tubular steel frame with tapering legs, seat and back upholstered in green vinyl textured upholsterery.

Marks

Metal label on underside of seat: Aristoc / Industries/ Glen Waverley, Victoria MITZI

Dimensions

Height

810 mm

Width

420 mm

Depth

500 mm

Production

Notes

Grant Featherston (1922-1995) and made by Aristoc Industries Pty Ltd. Listed on the Australian Design Index in 1964.

Grant Featherston was appointed Consultant Designer to metal furniture manufacturer, Aristoc Industries in 1957. His role included design policy and supervision of the Design Development Department. He remained associated with the company until 1970. For Grant Featherston the consultancy was a turning point as it gave him access to sophisticated metal technology.

One of his first projects at Aristoc was to work on the design of the tapered tubular metal Mitzi chair, which had been on the drawing board for some time. He made revisions to the original designs, adjusting angles and forms and 'floating' the seat of the stretcher. The Mitzi chair was designed as a stacking chair for halls and similar venues but it was also very successful in the domestic market. Over 160,000 Mitzis were produced from 1957 to 1967.

Designed

Featherston, Grant 1957

History

Notes

The chair formed part of the original fitout of the City of Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Victoria which was established in 1961.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1992

Acquisition Date

7 December 1992

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Mitzi' chair by Grant Featherston 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 October 2018, <https://ma.as/126175>

Wikipedia

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