coastal decor and crafts

7/23/09

The Adirondack Chair -From the Mountains to the Hamptons

The all American Adirondack Chair is the kind of chair that people expect to see on a porch in the Hamptons.

Adirondack chairs on porch
So here's an ode to the Adirondack Chair!


adirondack chair white
Created more than a hundred years ago in the Adirondack mountain region of New York the chair has since spread across the nation. Here on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

adirondack chairs outside
Louisiana.

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Texas.

adirondack chairs in Alaska
And all the way up in Alaska. The men behind the chair? Thomas Lee and Harry Bunnell. Due to a shortage of patio furniture for his 22-member family, Lee started nailing boards together in 1903, then took his prototype to his friend Bunnell, a local carpenter. Bunnel was broke at the time and Lee suggested he take this chair design and build it to sell to locals. Bunnel saw the potential for profit and secured a patent without Lee's knowledge, which, of course, was not very nice. But Lee didn't take issue, and the rest, as they say, is history. The Adirondack chair has become an American icon.

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31 comments:

I'm Julia said...

Adirondacks have such a coastal cottage charm... my chair of choice if I didn't have a bad back. Of course once you're in one you don't really want to get up anyway.

Tina said...

There's nothing like one of these wonderful chairs, a fruity drink, and the sea breeze in my face as I sit on the deck. Oh, I'm ready to head off to Rodanthe. Oh well, September isn't that far away. I just hear the beach calling.

I just love your posts. It's my in between vacation....vacation spot.

Glad you are in blogland
T

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

I've always thought Adirondack chairs convey such a relaxed attitude. And I love when I see the bright beachy colors all side by side, like aqua, bright yellow, bright pink, orange. Unfortunately, they are always a little pricey for my budget.

This was a fun post. Thanks, Maya :)

Prissy Southern Prep said...

Gorgeous pictures of such a simple chair. We have several at my mom's pool, and we just love them.

Linda Merrill said...

It's a classic!

beth said...

That's funny. I just walked by a house the other day that had Adirondack chairs on their front porch, and I thought "when we build a front porch, I want Adirondack chairs out there." Such a classic! I love them!

Maggie said...

I just adore this post - I want to be on an Adirondack overlooking the water RIGHT NOW. :-)

Juju said...

Yah! Adirondack's are my FAV! I have two in my living room!

The Consummate Hostess said...

I adore this post! What beautiful images.

Beach Vintage said...

Beautiful story and images Maya.

Olive Rue said...

I don't know how you do it, but you find the most amazing photos.

Melissa said...

I love Adirondack chairs. I have a couple in California that are still being stored their (hopefully coming to live with me in the woods of Idaho in the next few weeks). Thanks for all the info about them.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Arent these such a breath of fresh air.
One simply cant even for a second feel stress when you gaze on these restful spots.

Lovely post.

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

Erika said...

Those are amazing. I love all the pictures you chose, as well.

DesignTies said...

We have Adirondack chairs up here in Ontario too :-) In fact, there are four of them on our patio :-) Love 'em -- they're really comfy to sit in, and just say "summer" :-)

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Why S? said...

I have an old, weathered Adirondack that sits in front of my fireplace. It's the most comfortable chair in my house . . . and the cheapest! I bought it for $35 at a used furniture store. I'm so glad I found it.

monogramgirl said...

How gorgeous! I live 1 minute from the ocean, but still dream of waking up with that view. I don't think I'd get any work done...I'd just sit in my chair enjoying the view!

Pam Kersting said...

I always have loved adirondack chairs as well and often specify them in the landscapes that I design and I'll tell you why. They are in and of themselves, a destination. We see them at the seashore, on the deck or in the yard and we desire to go there, have a sit and enjoy whatever the view. They invite us to take a break. Lovely post!

sealaura said...

lovely post. I always learn so much from you. those chairs do seem to ooze beachyness and relaxation. Also wanted to tell you I love those pink chairs in your header. Lastly darling thanks for all your blog love on my blog. You are such a good friend. BTW Norm sends his love as well.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Maya. Great post. Like the others i have always loved the adirondack chairs. They are quite popular here also. Wonderful art in this post also. Have a great weekend. Julie

Susan @ Your home, only better. said...

Great info as the the origin of the chairs - necessity is indeed the mother of all invention! We have two white ones by our firepit out front. I just wish they were easier to spell. lol

Bdubba said...

Once I have a house again...I will have one of these kinds of chairs. Love them!

Visiting from Julia's Hooked on party.

Terry said...

They are classics in looks and comfort. How can hard wood be so comfortable. Even the plastic ones in front of hardware stores look good. They look great in ruin too.

Puna said...

I find that these chairs are some of the most comfortable that I've ever sat in.

liza said...

Yup! We have two here in our front yard in the mountains of Colorado! They say Summer to me!

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

I never knew that my favorite beach chair's history is in the mountains! Thanks for sharing this bit of info today.

Shame on Bunnell for going behind Lee's back!

Dreamgirl said...

I love those chairs... and I could imagine how good they would look outside our house by the beach in Norway!

Thanks for visiting today. I can recommend the Tinto de Verano. It's a light and yummy summer drink favored by spanish people in the heat when red wine is a little too heavy and strong...

preppyinnewengland said...

Love the chairs! So inviting to sit, relax, read, sip some wine!

Brenda said...

Shoot, red Adirondack chairs might sway me on a house! Staging is everything! I would love some red ones. Those paintings are spectacular. And I want every one! But I doubt there's any space on my walls left.
Brenda

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

Who doesn't love these? They're such a classic!

Valerie said...

Bought two adirondack chairs and foot stool to go with them for 10.00 on the side of a road. Someone was just getting rid of them!! Need a paint job and will be posting the pics. They are my favorite outdoor chair.

Love the post!