The Adirondack Chair


For a simple yet effective chair that fits in well in your outdoor patio, look no further than an Adirondack Chair. First designed by Thomas Lee in 1903 as an outdoor chair for his vacation home in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, this simple chair made of wood or manmade materials has undergone a multitude of redesigns from its original design. It started out as 11 flat wooden boards fitted into a straight, wide-armed lounge chair, and has since evolved into various models thanks to designers and builders over the decades. The introduction of other materials besides wood over time have allowed people to construct it from polymers or other hard impact plastics.

Thomas Lee designed the first Adirondack chair in 1903 while vacationing in the Adirondack Mountains in Westport, New York. He needed outdoor chairs for his family, and experimented his early models on his family. Lee eventually ended up with a final design for a “Westport plank chair,” and sent the plans to a carpenter friend, Harry Bunnell. Bunnell saw the value of this chair to the residents of Westport, and filed for & received a US patent for the chair in 1905 unbeknownst to Lee. In the following twenty years, Bunnell manufactured hemlock plank chairs painted in green or brown.

Modern Adirondack chairs come in different colors, shapes, and sizes. Modern chairs tend to feature a more rounded back and contoured seat. Colors have since grown from green and brown to white, red, orange, yellow, turquoise, and whatever fancy color the buyer desires. Designers have integrated Adirondack chairs into other types of outdoor furniture, such as swings and love seats. Some can even fold for easy storage and portability, while some may have an extension for your legs.

Published by Schraff


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