The chair that Pope Francis will use next month as he celebrates mass in Madison Square Garden is getting custom treatment by craftspeople in Greenwich.
About three weeks ago representatives of the Archdiocese of New York came into the Tiger Lily Design Studio in Greenwich asking them to build and upholster a chair that Pope Francis will use on Sept. 25.
Assigned to the project was the shop’s Juan Guaman.
The staff members are Roman Catholic and immigrants from Ecuador.
The Pope specifically requested the chair be constructed as much as possible by immigrants who have come to the United States.
The oak-stained seat is simple and hand-built in nearby Port Chester.
“He feels so happy to do this. He thinks it’s a gift from God,” said Rene Jimenez, who translated for Juan Guaman.
Project leader Samantha Knapp said the seat cover and back had to be made in the United States.
"The idea that one hand is going to order the fabric, take it out of a bag sew it on a machine someone else is going to staple it and put it together was really kind of important for him as Pope,” Knapp said.
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