The History of Adirondack Chairs
In the New York summer of 1903, a gentleman by the name of Thomas Lee stood on the porch of his summer home, basking by Lake Champlain in the shadow of the Adirondack Mountains and wondered how he and his family could be more comfortable outdoors on these glorious summer days. Motivated and inspired to create a practical solution for his family who just wants to sit as the sun sets, Lee set out on a wood-cutting, carpentry adventure.
This chair needed to be comfortable, durable, have a solid surface to rest that gold brew, and above all, be sturdy enough to sustain the weight of a loved one. After many trials and several test sitters, Lee accomplished his goal. That same summer, Lee accomplished his mission and developed a low slumped chair consisting of only 11 planks of wood and a single cotton pillow for lumbar support that his family could now relax with and enjoy. That summer, Lee had created the very first Adirondack Chair, inspired by love for one’s family, and their comfort of being together.
The summer of Thomas Lee’s creation, the Adirondack Chair, was not over just yet. That summer continues with the inclusion and input of Lee’s good friend and hunting buddy, Harry Bunnell. Coincidentally, Bunnell was a carpenter by trade-making money from wood design was his thing. First glance at the Adirondack Chair put a smile on Bunnell’s face, for he, saw potential.
That winter, Bunnell went to work without the permission of Lee and mass produced the Adirondack Chair, but instead pushed his own name brand as the Westport Plank Chair. Although, Bunnell and Lee’s friendship was unable to sustain itself afterward, both chair designs have thrived throughout the years and gcan be seen today on patios and porches around the world.