When it comes to patio furniture, it would be hard to improve on the the style or comfort factor of the Adirondack chair. Invented in 1903 by Thomas Lee for his summer house in upstate New York, the original Westport chair was made of 11 hemlock planks designed to hold an occupant gently upright while napping.
These days materials and designs may vary—recycled plastic Adirondack chairs are having a moment—with one constant: Thomas Lee’s insistence on generously wide armrests endures.
We’ve rounded up 10 Adirondack chairs—including some that are foldable—made of teak, plastic, and other woods including hemlock:Read more about the history and invention of this very essential style of summer lounge chair in Object Lessons: The Adirondack Chair.
See more of our favorite patio furniture:
- Hardscaping 101: How to Care for Wood Outdoor Furniture
- Hardscaping 101: How to Care for Metal Patio Furniture
- 10 Easy Pieces: Outdoor Sculptural Lounge Chairs.