air-supplied respirators from Allegro
Industries and Fuji HVLP spray guns,
an expansive filtered drying room and
a ventilated paint mixing room.
The custom equipment was outfitted by Grapek Bates Finishing and
manufactured by Global Finishing
Vision Furniture employs ap-
proximately 20 full-time people and
30 part-time workers depending on
the season. They operate out of about
40,000 square feet of warehouse space
and the finishing workshop is about
2, 100 square feet.
Special event chair
The Chiavari chair was created by Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi in Chiavari,
Italy, more than 200 years ago. The
original style of the chair was petite,
lightweight, elegant, durable and made
from cherry, maple or other Italian
The Chiavari style chair is commonly used in the wedding and special
Chiavari is a commercial style of
chair, not a brand, so there is a lot of
quality variation across the market.
Vision Furniture Chiavari chairs are
made from acacia wood, free from
cracks, worm holes or other imperfections that could undermine the structural integrity of the chair.
The wood is then turned on industrial lathes to achieve the classic faux
bamboo look that is indicative of the
Chiavari style. The wood is then steam
bent and dried to an 8 percent moisture content before assembly.
Today, the assembly process is done
entirely by hand at the Chinese fac-
tory using a classic mortise and tenon
technique much like what is used on
the original Italian Chiavari chair.
They use a quality plywood seat with
a special hardware system that makes
a robust chair for commercial use in a
busy ballroom environment.
“Wood is a great material to make a
commercial chair,” Anthony Tokarchyk
said. “When made properly, a quality
wood chair can last indefinitely with
proper maintenance and care. Qual-
ity wood chairs can often be seen in
libraries and other public settings for
At the Philadelphia location, the
business has evolved over the years
from designing furniture to building,
contracting and finishing furniture.
They also make custom cushions, and
have a sewing room and metal fabrication studio.
In the new finishing operation, Vision
Furniture primarily uses pre-catalyzed
nitrocellulose lacquers. They create
colors using color concentrates and
metallic pigments for the metallic
They made sure that the finishing
operation domestically is consistent
New finish shop include an expansive filtered drying room and a ventilated paint mixing
room. Custom equipment was outfitted by Grapek Bates Finishing and manufactured by
Global Finishing Solutions.
Chiavari chair repair. The company offers
refurbishing and refinishing in its new
Philadelphia finishing operation.