R152 chair designed by Grant Featherston

Made by Featherston, Grant in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, c 1951.

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 constructed with the back and seat shaped in one single curved piece. The back is high with slightly winged sides. The seat is a slightly winged concave shape. The chair sits on a wooden cruciform base which extends into four tapered and splayed legs. The seat is covered in brown and orange striped upholstery. Buttons are fixed in to the back and seat. The upholstery is not original to the chair.


No marks



940 mm


570 mm


720 mm



Grant Featherston (1922-1995) developed the now famous 'Contour' range of chairs n the early 1950s. To form the laminated plywood shells of the Contour chairs, Featherston replicated industrial moulding technology by means of a manual cutting, bending and folding process. The result was a strong yet flexible support which, according to a Featherston Furniture brochure of about 1954 'was built to fit the natural curves of the body....Flexing with every change of position, these chairs make possible a new form of relaxation'.


Featherston, Grant c 1951



Grant Featherston is regarded as one of the most important designers to have emerged in Australia since the Second world War. The R152 provided the basis of his highly successful Contour range of furniture, developed from 1951-1955.


Credit Line

Gift of Mr and Mrs J Warner, 1993

Acquisition Date

14 July 1993

Cite this Object


R152 chair designed by Grant Featherston 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 October 2018, <https://ma.as/132825>


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