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Ontario company makes chairs for papal visit

ByLinda W. Smith

Jul 21, 2022

Pope Francis is on a historic visit to Canada, July 24-30, and in honor of the papal visit, a Canadian company has been contracted to manufacture historic furniture for the event.

Quality & Co., a custom furniture manufacturer based in Maple, Ontario, was commissioned to manufacture the unique pieces.

The end products are eight chairs measuring approximately 55 centimeters high – about eight centimeters taller than an ordinary dining chair – adorned with white upholstery and a carved wooden crown depicting a swirling image of eagles, of salmon and a herd of caribou.

The chairs are for the pontiff to use during each of the eight public programs he is scheduled to attend during his Canadian tour, which begins Sunday and ends July 29 with stops in Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut.

“We mobilized all of our resources here to make this happen…everyone was on deck,” company chairman Frank Caruso told Global News.

Nearly 30 people, from designers to sculptors to upholsterers, worked hundreds of hours to bring the chairs to their final destination.

In the end, the team built two different designs for the chairs using specifications provided by the Vatican to address the pope’s mobility issues. The designers used four different dyes and six different fabric and embroidery designs.

“These pieces will become heritage pieces to display wherever these events take place. It was very important that each chair had a unique touch or feel,” says Rafael Studart, senior designer at Quality and Company.

Studart says the team drew inspiration from the architecture of cathedrals and churches. The chairs themselves have simple shapes and arches to reflect this.


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