The historical roots of the Adirondack chair
Also known as the Muskoka chair, this now-iconic lounger was originally created in 1903 by a man named Thomas Lee who was simply looking to have better seating for his summer home in the Adirondack Mountains near Westport, New York. After testing various prototypes on his family members, this dock/porch/veranda chair — eleven pieces of wood cut from a single board — was born.
Over the years, the wide armrests, slanted back, and low-level seat of the Adirondack have made it not only the preferred summer chair, but truly a statement in cottage style. Today you can find all sorts of adaptations in vibrant colors, modern shapes, as well as miniature versions for the little ones in your family. From solid hemlock (the original Adirondack) to cedar, fir and eucalyptus, and from resin and engineered wood to recycled plastics, this chair remains the ‘it’ chair of the summer season.