Contour Chair & Ottoman, Heather

Contour Chair & Ottoman, Heather

$541.00 Was $1,795.00

Featherston Mid-century Modern Chair & Ottoman

The original R-152 Contour Chair was produced in 1951, followed closely by applause from the modernist movement. Grant succeeded in his quest to design modernist organic seating in which the “negative” space of the chair conformed perfectly to the “positive” curves of the human body.

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Making the Icon

For a true to the original lounging experience, this Grant Featherston style Contour Wing chair (R-152) is tastefully paired with its matching counterpart, the Grant Featherston Ottoman. The organic shape of this modern classic icon infuses an element of relaxation to your space. Depth enhancing button tufting adds an elegant classic accent to this modernist design. The architecturally significant base and legs are crafted of solid Walnut Hardwood.

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The luxurious Cashmere wool blend fabric is period correct with an updated hue. Kardiel respectfully adheres to high standards when reproducing original designs. Adherence to details such as dimensions, angles, seam finish, pleats, tufting and fabric selection is our specialty. It is only with careful consideration to material and visuals that substantial designs like the 1951 Grant Featherston Contour Wing Chair are reproduced without compromising your budget nor the integrity of the original.


About Cashmere Wool Tweed

swatchCashmere wool fiber is obtained from “Cashmere goats.” Historically, fine-haired Cashmere goats have been called Capra hircus laniger, as if they were a subspecies of the domestic goat Capra Hircus. Cashmere goats produce a double fleece that consists of a fine, soft undercoat or under-down of hair mingled with a straighter and much coarser outer coating of hair called Guard Hair. For the fine under-down to be sold and processed further, it must be de-haired. De-hairing is a mechanical process that separates the coarse hairs from the fine hair. After this separating process the resulting premium “cashmere” is ready to be dyed and converted into yarn.


Product Design Features

  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern Chair & Ottoman
  • Body Frame
    Cushion wrapped fiberglass core body frame
  • Seat Platform
    Reinforced seat cushion platform for firm longer lasting support
  • Foam Type
    Multi-density foam seat cushion for comfort, support & cushion memory
  • Seat Cushion Style
    Stationary fixed seat cushion
  • Stitch Edge Type
    Low profile hand-stitch – no body piping
  • Tufting Type
    True to original button tufting
  • Button Type
    Body color coordinating buttons
  • Leg Type
    Solid Ash Hardwood Leg and Base Frame
  • Feature
    Includes Matching Grant Featherston Ottoman
  • Fabric Type
    Tweed Cashmere Wool
  • Fabric Content
    50% Cashmere Wool, 50% Synthetic Fiber
  • Chair Dimensions
    Height 36.22" x Depth 31.1" x Width 27.55"
  • Chair Dimension
    Floor to Seat Height, 13.77"
  • Chair Dimension
    Floor to Arm Height, 22.83"
  • Ottoman Dimensions
    Height 16.14" x Depth 17.32" x Width 26"
  • Leg Height
    Height 12" tall
  • Feature
    The entire chair & ottoman is stitched and crafted by hand
  • Feature
    Comes standard with floor protection caps on legs
  • Warranty
    3 year limited warranty
The R-152 Contour Chair Series was originally designed in Melbourne Australia, shortly after Grant Featherston returned from service in World War II. The original chair was upholstered in Calfskin and was an armless side-chair. In 1951, Grant released the Contour Chair using bent plywood as its frame. Additional versions or variants of the contour design were produced through 1965. The most popular of which today is the Featherston Contour arm-chair with ottoman. Durable materials like plastic and fiberglass are used to shape frames with curves. At the time, wood was the option and it was a significant hurdle to create a frame of bent plywood. The bending machines were cost prohibitive in Australia for local production. Grant developed a work around method for making bent plywood locally. The chair enjoyed immediate market success. He designed the R-152 to be a “negative” of the human body. Using simpler descriptive, Grant was indicating that the chair was designed to fit the body like a glove. The clearly modernism design features a solid wood leg and architecturally significant wood frame under-structure. The upholstered body of the design lacks clear lines of rigidity. Organic and flowing would well describe the design. It has been reproduced with matching buttons and contrasting random colored buttons.


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Grant Featherston was born in 1922 in Geelong Victoria, Australia. He was a self taught designer and began what would be an extensive career, working with lighting and glass panels. Like many in the field, World War II interrupted his career for a short period between 1940 and 1944, during his service in the armed forces. When the war was over, Grant returned to Melbourne, Australia. It was in Melbourne that the first of his plywood shell contour chairs was designed.

Grant was a founding member in the Society of Designers for Industry, which would later become the Design Institute of Australia. His designs received many awards and his collections are represented in National and State galleries.

Several of his chairs are iconic examples of modern furniture, among them the Contour Chair. Featherston’s design approach grew from a fondness for making things with his hands, a love of nature and an interest in structural forms. In “Design Reflections”, an essay for the 1988 catalogue for “Featherston Chairs”, an exhibit at the national gallery of Victoria, he wrote, “the idea that there must be a simpler solution, haunts me, has always driven me.” he explained, “In my mind’s eye, the ‘simple solution’ is as nature would have it: minimum of materials, maximum of effect.” He goes on to say specifically about seating designs, “A chair… should reflect the central organic theme of its existence. It must resolve the sculpturalistic potential of its constituent materials, and the seating demands of the human body…”

Safe delivery. Curbside or Full Service

Kardiel specializes in fast home and business delivery of modern classic furniture and bath products across the U.S including Hawaii and Alaska. We dispatch shipments to homes all over Canada daily. Using proven, reliable nationwide delivery methods we insure and guarantee safe delivery of all shipments. We provide standard curbside residential delivery as well as inside White Glove full service delivery as options for many of the regions we ship to.


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Premium Full Service home delivery

The best value for those looking for a full service delivery experience with no lifting or physical effort involved. A team of 2 rigorously screened home delivery professionals arrive on a day and time prescheduled with you. Your furnishings are brought into your home and placed in the desired location in the room(s) of your choice. The furniture is removed from the packaging/boxes. The old packaging material is then placed in a designated location.

Perhaps you need door(s) removed and replaced? Maybe you live in a condo or high rise building? Maybe there are flight(s) of stairs to climb? The safe arrival of your items is guaranteed and no obstacle is too large. We will do anything necessary to complete your delivery with quality, care and a smile. Average delivery times are 9-12 business days from the day your order leaves the Kardiel warehouse.


Curbside Residential Delivery

This economical delivery option brings your new furnishings direct to your home or business. The term curbside indicates that the items are brought to the "curb" but not inside the home.

This is a signed delivery option which means you will need to be present to accept the delivery. You will need to be prepared to carry the items into your home or office as this service does not include inside delivery. Tracking numbers are provided within 24 hours of your order leaving the Kardiel warehouse. Average delivery times nationwide for this service are 7-10 business days from the day the shipment leaves the Kardiel warehouse. The delivery is guaranteed safe when you inspect and sign with the driver for any potential shipping damage. The delivery company calls to schedule the delivery date and window of time as the arrival date of your items draws closer.

Hawaii & Alaska

Hawaii & Alaska orders allow average 12-18 business days for arrival. Tracking numbers will be provided. Alaska and Hawaii orders are not eligible for advertised "continental U.S" shipping promotions. As over water transport is involved, the shopping cart will not calculate

Alaska and Hawaii customers please contact us by phone to receive a custom discounted delivery quote for your shipment prior to purchasing.



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