'the talking chair' by grant and mary featherston
aug 20, 2008
'the talking chair' by grant and mary featherston


grant and mary featherston, ‘expo mark II sound chair’, 1967,  photo © penelope clay, powerhouse museum

designboom recently visited modern times: the untold story of modernism in australia exhibition
held at the powerhouse museum, sydney. featured in the exhibition was ‘the talking chair’ designed
by grant and mary featherston during the mid 60′s. the chair was an icon of its time and consisted
of built in speakers within its head rest. the shell was cast from an aluminium mould and made from
polystyrene, fibreglass, foam, hardwood and covered in wool and vinyl. it was first manufactured
and released by aristoc industries in 1967 throughout australia, north america and asia.

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designboom view of exhibition


interior of the australian pavilion at expo 67 in montreal, 1967, designed by robin boyd and featuring
grant and mary featherston’s wing sound chairs.  photo © courtesy national archives of australia.
from the exhibition modern times: the untold story of modernism in australia at the powerhouse museum


miniature paper and cardboard models, 1966, from catalogue of modern times: the untold story
of modernism in australia, powerhouse museum, featherston archive


left: full size cardboard pattern, right: the prototype of the shell made using the plastmobler production process
from catalogue of modern times: the untold story of modernism in australia, powerhouse museum, featherston
archive

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