About Us - Richardson Seating

Richardson Seating Corporation manufactures beautifully upholstered bar stools and chairs for the hospitality and food service industries.  Our restaurant bar stools and restaurant chairs are commercial grade and perfect for your next restaurant project.  We operate a 75,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Chicago, Illinois where we combine a metal shop, wood shop, and upholstery shop all under one roof. 

Although Richardson Seating was founded in 1975, its history and product line goes back further. After the end of WWII, Richardson Seating’s founder, Harry Richardson, returned from active duty to his hometown of Chicago, IL. Around 1950 Harry decided to start a furniture manufacturing company. Harry recruited his brother Rueben and his father to form his family’s first bar stool and chair manufacturing company. This company specialized in manufacturing and wholesaling commercial chairs and commercial bar stools for the foodservice industry. Harry sold his first company in 1973 with plans of retiring. 

A few years later, Harry was not satisfied with retirement and decided to start a new commercial furniture manufacturing company with his son in law Earl Lichtenstein. Harry decided to name this one after his family and called it Richardson Seating Corporation.  Like its predecessor, Richardson Seating specialized in manufacturing commercial bar stools, counter stools, and other retro diner furniture.
Richardson Seating’s first factory was located on Justine in the Fulton corridor. In 1983 Richardson Seating moved a few blocks away to its current home on Arthington Street. In 1984 Harry Richardson passed away and Harry’s son in law Earl Lichtenstein became CEO.

Earl ran Richardson for nearly 30 years before retiring and turning over the company to his two sons (and Harry’s grandsons) Ira and Scott. The two now continue to build commercial quality bar stools and chairs just like their father and grandfather before them as they grow and expand the company into new opportunities and expanded possibilities.