Heide Museum of Modern Art

Design for Life: Grant and Mary Featherston

This landmark exhibition explores the iconic work of two of Australia’s most influential designers, Grant and Mary Featherston, whose innovative designs brought modernism into the everyday.

This exhibition explores the career of Grant Featherston, arguably Australia’s most significant modernist designer, and his partnership with Mary Featherston. It traces Featherston’s rise to celebrity status as a professional designer in the 1950s and explores his use of new materials and technologies and production of innovative furniture throughout the 1960s and 70s. 

Grant Featherston believed that design should benefit everyone and shared this vision with his partner Mary, with whom he established Featherston Design in 1965. Beginning with the Montreal 1967 Expo Chair they focused on culturally and socially significant projects, experimenting with the potential of plastics to produce beautiful, functional and affordable design for all.

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Grant Featherston
R152 Contour Chair
designed 1950, manufactured 1951
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, purchased 1955
© Grant Featherston/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia 2018

Grant Featherston (designer and maker)
Television B210H Contour chair, Television BS2111H Contour settee and B220H Curl-up Contour chair 1953
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Grant and Mary Featherston 1973
© Grant Featherston/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia 2018

Grant Featherston and Mary Featherston (designers)
Uniroyal Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (manufacturer)
Numero IV chairs and ottomans (1973-4)
Collection: Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney
Purchased 2012
© Grant Featherston/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia 2018

Mark Strizic
Grant Featherston & Mary Featherston in the National Gallery of Victoria’s Oriental Gallery 1968
gelatin silver photograph
© Estate of Mark Strizic


Event starts
Saturday 30 June, 2018
Event Ends
Sunday 7 October, 2018
Heide Museum of Modern Art
Venue Address
7 Templestowe Road

Victoria, Bulleen

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