Two area businesses create unique chairs for charity

  • John Geraghty of Southampton. Elaine Fredrick—Submitted Photo

  • Karen Dzendolet of Pelham. Elaine Fredrick—Submitted Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 5/26/2017 9:47:23 PM

Owners of two local businesses have created unique chairs that are part of an auction that will raise money for Boston-based charities.

Karen Dzendolet, principal and owner of KDZ Designs in Pelham, and John Geraghty, founder of Grain of Thought Furniture Design and Woodworks in Southampton, made the pieces for the “Take a Seat” design exhibition.

The exhibition and auction is put on annually by the New England Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association and encourages designers, crafstpeople and builders to make what are known as “upcycled, one-of-a-kind chairs”

Geraghty used wood to build what he calls the “Grain of Thought” dining chair, while Dzendolet created the “Suave Swivel” that mimics a vintage 1960s swivel-base chair with updated fabrics.

The gala and auction will be held at Royale Nightclub, 279 Tremont St., Boston, Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The proceeds from the auction will benefit Friends of the Children-Boston, the Lyceum Fellowship and the Women’s Institute of Housing and Economic Development.

For more information on “Take a Seat,” go to or

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