Pair of Grant Featherston 'Relaxation' Chairs

This stunning early mid century chair perfectly captures the elegance of the curve.

Central Upholstery (Attributed) | New Zealand
W 57cm, D 84cm, H 75.5cm | Seat H 40cm




The influence and ground breaking work of Australian designer Grant Featherston wasn't just contained in his home country, New Zealanders also fell under the spell of his highly contemporary designs. This chair is a locally produced version of Featherston's early 'Relaxation' range of furniture, produced from 1948 to 1951.

The Relaxation series was described by Featherston in a 1948 article in Australian Home Beautiful as "...leading a shift from craft to design for the machine. Its function was to support the seated or reclining body naturally and bring a physical and psychological ease to contemporary life. This was ‘modern design' – the rational beauty of things made for use".

We absolutely love this stellar example of early organic modernism. A sleek highly curved frame of rich tiger striped oak supports an equally curvaceous floating seat. The unique design and inspired lightness of form combine to create rare and desirable classic.

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Materials: Beautifully crafted from highly grained solid oak

Wood Finish: Professionally refinished by our restoration team with two fresh coats of lacquer

Construction: Joints are sturdy and solid. All checked and ready to go

Fabric Type: Reupholstered with Herringbone 'Glacier' designer fabric from James Dunlop. Composition: 68% LI, 26% WO, 6% VI. RRP $59.95 per metre. Do not bleach / Do not tumble dry / Do not wash / Drycleaning Gentle cycle / Low iron max 110C / Iron reverse side use barrier cloth

Foam: Luxurious new high quality upholstery foam has a 10 year warranty

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