Grant Featherston Design (GFD)/Darian

Grant Featherston (1922-1995) was born in Geelong and was to become a renowned designer, specially famous for his chairs.

The Argus, 22nd September 1953, p 20.


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According to research by Robyn Caddy and also the National Gallery of Victoria, from around 1946-1954 in association with his first wife Claire, Grant designed glass buttons. His company, Darian, produced around 40 designs. He purchased the back plates, and originally these were not engraved. Later they were marked G.F.D. and Darian. The buttons were labouriously made by hand, and are little works of art. Buttons such as these (as well as ceramic and metal buttons and costume jewellery) were used as a feature on the conservatively tailored fashions of the time. The buttons were made from clear glass, some with solid colour applied to the backs.  Some were finished with metallic lustres. Either a 10 or 16mm brass back plate would be glued to the back.

Grant Featherston

Grant Featherston

Claire Featherston

Claire Featherston







backmarks: DARIAN, GFD

backmark: DARIAN  G.F.D.


From the Featherston Archive

Necklace of glass elements by Grant: bid $2600 at auction!

An instagram shot of a Darian button by Deborah Zinn.