‘Stem’ dining setting by Grant and Mary Featherston

Made by Aristoc Industries Pty Ltd in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1969.

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

Dining setting, 'Stem', table and chairs (4), plastic / wood / metal / rubber / fabric, designed by Grant and Mary Featherston, made by Aristoc Industries, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1969

Dining setting of one table and four chairs, the table with a circular top of wood covered in white plastic laminate supported on a metal pedestal column resting on a circular, white powder-coated metal base; the chairs of similar form with an angled, rotation-moulded white plastic seat and back in one unit and each with a circular drop-in cushion of foam rubber with original red wool upholstery, the seats moulded in one unit with the supporting tapering pedestal column resting on a white powder-coated circular metal base connected to the seat through the centre of the column.


Table with Aristoc label affixed to underside; chairs with 'Aristoc' stamped into metal plate on base of seat beneath cushions.



Designed by Grant and Mary Featherston, Melbourne, 1968-69; made by Aristoc Industries, Melbourne, 1969. It should also be noted that T Lane identifies the makers of the 'Stem' chairs as 'Furniture Makers of Australia (formerly Aristoc Industries Pty Ltd) with the assistance of ACI Plastics' (Featherston Chairs, p 57). However, the museum's pieces bear Aristoc labels and stamps.


Aristoc Industries Pty Ltd 1969


Featherston, Mary 1968-1969



The 'Stem' chair was listed on the Australian Design Index and received a Good Design label from the Industrial Design Council of Australia in 1970.


Credit Line

Purchased 2005

Acquisition Date

6 July 2005

Cite this Object


'Stem' dining setting by Grant and Mary Featherston 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 October 2018, <https://ma.as/345955>


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