Tuesday, 4 August 2015

The ultimate summer chair

There’s just something about an Adirondack chair that says “summer” to me. It’s relaxed, comfortable, casual – the perfect spot to sit and read a book, sip a cold drink, chart with friends, or just enjoy soaking in views of the water or sunset.

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The first Adirondack chair (originally called the Westport plank chair) was designed by Thomas Lee in 1903. He was on vacation in Westport, New York, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, and needed outdoor chairs for his summer home. The original Adirondack chair was made with eleven pieces of wood, cut from a single board. It had a straight back and seat, which were set at a slant to sit better on the steep mountain inclines of the area. It also had wide armrests.

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Thomas Lee offered the design for his chair to Harry Bunnell, a carpenter friend in Westport who needed a way to make money in the winter. Mr. Bunnell realized the chair was the perfect item to sell to Westport's summer residents, and  without asking permission from Thomas Lee, he filed for and received patent #794,777 in 1905. Mr. Bunnell manufactured his plank chairs for the next twenty years. Today, the Adirondack chair is a staple in backyards, on patios and decks, and even in houses all around the world…

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Colourful Adirondack chairs…

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This one takes colourful a step further…

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Of course, I have to include a purple Adirondack chair :-)

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Adirondack chairs in Nova Scotia…

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Hahahha! isn’t the fish chair cute? :-)

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And another take on a “Fish”irondack chair…

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A couple more variations on the traditional style…

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There’s even a lucite Adirondack chair!

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No reason why you can’t use Adirondack chairs indoors as well as outdoors.

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Ah, the perfect ending to a perfect summer day – enjoying a beautiful sunset from an Adirondack chair :-)

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  1. Can I have one on your porch please ? Can I get the rocking version please ?

  2. Love them! the fish ones are funny!!