Grant Featherston was an Australian self-taught designer whose works show the influence of the international Arts and Crafts movement which advocated traditional craftsmanship as well as the Bauhaus “less is more” movement that espoused minimalism.
Featherston’s Contour Chair (1951; Lynelle Lounge Chair) is an Australian design icon. It is reminiscent of Hans Wegner’s distinctive Papa Bear Chair and reflects organic shapes observed in nature. The Contour Chair has a seat that cradles the body and wooden tapered legs, making it an easy choice of a lounge chair in all settings. It was a fresh design that received attention when it was introduced during the post-war period.
The lounge chair shown above is a replica.
Illustrious Norwegian interior designer Fredrik Kayser’s Model 711 (1960; Emerson Sofa in various armchair or seater options) stands out amongst his body of award-winning work and has retained its light, timeless looks over the years, fitting in both traditional and contemporary decors.
Charles and Ray Eames' Molded Plastic Chairs (1948-1950) were the first plastic chairs to be industrially manufactured, including the Desmond Chair, the Rada Armchair and the Maja Rocking Chair with its uncovered, cup-like seats and iconic wood and wire rocker bases.
The Panton Chair (1957-1967; S Chair) by experimental Danish designer Verner Panton is part of the Danish Culture Canon and has withstood the vicissitudes of popularity over time, in part thanks to supermodel Kate Moss who posed nude on it on the cover of British Vogue.