What's in a leg? (Part 1.) The timber legs of the Contour series chairs have always been their structural weak point. But the #sydneymorningherald
review of the 2014 NGV Australian Mid Century Modern exhibition surmised that they also mightn’t have achieved their ultimate aesthetic aim: “Presumably, Featherston’s idea in creating an elliptical opening at the junction of seat and back of a chair in his Contour range was to create an impression of lightness, of the chair taking up less space. But did he compromise his design by so doing?
By reducing the visual weight and actual mass of the legs of his aluminium-shell chair, the upholstered profile of which is not dissimilar to Featherston’s Contour range, (Fred)Lowen achieves the effect Featherston is after.” Featherston designed chairs with steel frames during the 1950's, but never a steel frame leg for the Contour series chairs. Many other makers used steel in their domestic furniture, so why not Featherston?
Picture 1. #Fler
Aluminium Shell Chair on display in the NGVA, photo: #NGV
Picture 2. #Featherston
W180 at the Heide exhibit.