‘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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'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.


1145 mm
735 mm
820 mm


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


Gift of BHP, 1986
24 September, 1986

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'Expo mark II sound chair' by Grant and Mary Featherston 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 September 2017, <https://ma.as/55635>
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