Thanks to the Daily Hampshire Gazette for publishing an article about Johnny Geraghty and me and our participation in IFDA New England’s Take A Seat series of events!  We enjoy collaborating and working with clients, and are proud to be members of IFDA New England and supporting the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development through the auctioning of our chairs, and other work!

Link to the article on-line – Daily Hampshire Gazette: Take A Seat Article

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Two area businesses create unique chairs for charity

By Scott Merzback – Staff Writer


Karen Dzendolet of Pelham seated in “Suave Swivel.” Elaine Fredrick—Submitted Photo

  • John Geraghty of Southampton standing behind “Grain of Thought.” Elaine Fredrick—Submitted Photo

Friday, May 26, 2017
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, June 1st 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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