‘Expo mark II sound chair’ by Grant and Mary Featherston

Made by Aristoc Industries Pty Ltd in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1967-1970.

The Expo ‘67 talking chair was designed for the Australian Pavilion at Expo ‘67 held in Montreal, Canada. A separate headpiece component attached to the inside of the chair contained earphones through which taped programs on various aspects of Australian life were played. A slightly modified design which integrated the headphones into the head bolster was released onto the Australian market as the Expo mark II sound chair in 1967.

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Summary

Object No.

86/1308

Physical Description

'Expo Sound' chair formed from one piece of moulded polystyrene foam and covered in orange wool fabric. The headrest, back and base constructed in one continuous circular form, the head and back scooped out creating a surrounding effect. The headrest and back feature buttoned upholstery. A circular seat of polyurethane is set into the base of the frame. The underside of the base is fitted with a circular wooden ring. Two speakers are fitted to the internal shell in the head bolster and two circular panels or the speakers are visible on the reverse of the back.

Dimensions

Height

1145 mm

Width

735 mm

Depth

820 mm

Production

Notes

Designed by Grant & Mary Featherston, Melbourne, Victoria, 1966 and manufactured by Aristoc Industries Pty Ltd, Victoria, 1967-1970.

Made

Aristoc Industries Pty Ltd 1967-1970

Designed

Featherston, Grant 1966

History

Notes

Listed in Australian Design Index and received Good Design Label in 1967

Source

Credit Line

Gift of BHP, 1986

Acquisition Date

24 September, 1986

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Expo mark II sound chair' by Grant and Mary Featherston 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 January 2018, <https://ma.as/55635>

Wikipedia

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