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Geoff Isaac


This is the first book to celebrate the life and work of Grant Featherston (1922-1995), the Melbourne-based industrial designer most well known for his Contour chairs. This collection was designed and developed in the early 1950s and remains highly sought after by mid-century collectors in Australia and overseas – often fetching $10,000 or more at auction.

Featherston, later joined by his second wife, Mary, designed hundreds of chairs over the next 30 years; however, this astonishing Australian industrial design partnership has gone largely uncelebrated until now. Featherston focuses on the chairs produced between 1947 and 1975 and presents a new biography of the designer, drawn from archival research and interviews with his peers. It is extensively illustrated with over 250 beautiful photographs and includes a selection from the previously unpublished personal achieve of Ian Howard, the former Managing Director of Melbourne-based manufacturer Aristoc.

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Weight 1924 g
Dimensions 24.7 x 29.7 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2017
Number of pages 288
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.7 x 29.7 cm
Weight 1924 g


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Geoff Isaac is a collector and independent design historian based in Sydney. He is Australia's foremost expert on the work of Grant and Mary Featherston and the manufacturer that realised many of their designs, Aristoc. Isaac's expertise has been sought by museum curators, dealers and collectors across Australia.