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The Relaunch of an Australian Icon

Iconic Australian designer Grant Featherston has kicked off a new era of furniture designs, unveiling a new range at the gala launch of Featherston 2016.



BY Andrew McDonald

August 16th, 2016


The Featherston 2016 collection has been revised and relaunched for the 21st century at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne. This marks the first time that the ACCA central gallery has hosted a new product launch, showcasing the significance of Grant Featherston’s place in Australian design history.

While all the designs are still true to the original 1950s, 60s and 70s creations, the Featherston 2016 range, a collaboration by Gordon Mather, Mary Featherston and Grazia & Co, sees these classics revitalised in a contemporary, yet timeless manner – with fabric and colour curation carried out to ensure the pieces work in modern interiors and beyond.

The responsibility of maintaining Featherston’s original vision and updating it for the modern era falls to Gordon Mather, Australia’s only licensed Feathertson manufacturer since the 1980’s, and Grazia Materia, Grazie & Co founder – who’s handling distribution of the new collection.

“The task of updating Grant’s original furniture whilst maintaining the integrity of his vision has required great sensitivity and style,” says Grant’s design and life partner Mary Featherston “It has been wonderful to work with Gordon and Grazia who have demonstrated these characteristics in every aspect of this collection”


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