Mary Featherston has been an influential force in Australia’s design world since the 1960s.
She worked in partnership with her husband Grant for more than 30 years, during which time, their small design studio was responsible for countless iconic furniture designs, not to mention the entire interior fit-out of the NGV building on St Kilda Road, designed by Roy Grounds in 1966!
Aside from her design work with Grant, Mary is a passionate designer in her own right, with a particular focus on children’s learning environments. She’s worked with schools and museums, and continues to work as a consultant and an advocate in this space.
I had a chance to speak with Mary about her incredible working partnership with Grant, the challenges of being a woman and a mother working in design in the 1960s, and her ongoing passion for designing innovative learning spaces for children.
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