History Lesson: The Adirondack Chair

The original Adirondack chair was designed by Thomas Lee in 1903 in Westport, New York. Originally called the “Westport Plank Chair,” it was made with eleven pieces of wood cut from a single board. It had a slanted back and seat, and featured wide armrests. Lee offered the design to Harry Bunnell, who filed for and received a patent for the chair in 1905. Bunnell continued to manufacture the “Westport Chairs” for the next 20 years. They were all signed and made of hemlock in colors of green or medium dark brown.

Original Westport Adirondack Chairs, 1905.


Today’s Adirondack chairs usually feature a rounded back and contoured seat.

A contemporary version of the classic- John E. DeGirolamo‘s Modirondack:

(Images via Adirondack Chairs Central, Office Chairs, Trendir)

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