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10 Easy Pieces: Folding Camp Chairs

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10 Easy Pieces: Folding Camp Chairs

June 27, 2018

Folding camp furniture was considered such a breakthrough invention that in 1893 the Gold Medal Camp Furniture Co. dispatched salesmen from its headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, to travel to Chicago to display its first designs—including a cot and a canvas chair—at the World’s Fair.

The furniture was exhibited at the fair to depict “The Angler’s Camp and Its Outfit.” But hobby fishermen weren’t the only ones who had a use for the folding furniture. Folding cots found their way into military barracks, and the canvas camp chairs went to Hollywood, to become the director’s chair on movie sets. And on a patio, deck, or balcony, folding camp chairs can’t be beat for their lightweight portability.

Here are 10 of our favorite modern folding camp chairs at prices that fit a variety of budgets.

From designer James Perse and made in the US, a teak Cross Creek Directors Chair is covered in an all-weather fabric; for more information and pricing, see James Perse.
Above: From designer James Perse and made in the US, a teak Cross Creek Directors Chair is covered in an all-weather fabric; for more information and pricing, see James Perse.
Read more about the collection at Laid-Back in LA: Outdoor Furniture from a Native Son.

The ultimate in outdoor elegance: the Folding Chair by Mogens Koch was designed in 3
Above: The ultimate in outdoor elegance: the Folding Chair by Mogens Koch was designed in 1932 and is made of oil-treated beech and mahogany with brass fittings and a natural canvas cover. It is currently on sale for £547 (marked down from £644) at the Conran Shop.
Mounted brass rings are designed to make the Mogens Koch chair fold easily. For US shoppers, a Mogens Koch Folding Chair is available for $855 from Danish Design Store.

A Highlands Deck Chair folds flat for storage and is $6 from Blue Ridge Chair Works.
Above: A Highlands Deck Chair folds flat for storage and is $266 from Blue Ridge Chair Works.
A Folding Director Chair has a teak frame and is on sale for $9.99 at All Modern.
Above: A Folding Director Chair has a teak frame and is on sale for $179.99 at All Modern.
Covered in all-weather Sunbrella fabric, a solid teak Directors Chair chair is $498 from Serena & Lily.
Above: Covered in all-weather Sunbrella fabric, a solid teak Directors Chair chair is $498 from Serena & Lily.
A wood  Low Back Director&#8
Above: A wood  Low Back Director’s Chair has a canvas seat and back and can hold up to 250 pounds; it is $129.74 from Film Tools.
With a frame made of North American hardwood and a canvas seat and back available in  colors, a World Famous Director&#8
Above: With a frame made of North American hardwood and a canvas seat and back available in 14 colors, a World Famous Director’s Chair is $189 from Thos. Baker.
A Take Chair with a frame of aluminum and laminated bamboo has a washable canvas cover; $9.95 from Snow Peak.
Above: A Take Chair with a frame of aluminum and laminated bamboo has a washable canvas cover; $159.95 from Snow Peak.
Made of hardwood, a Director&#8
Above: Made of hardwood, a Director’s Chair with a natural cotton cover is $48.99 from Target.
Designed by Milan-based architects Ludovica & Roberto Palomba for Eumenes, a Xenía outdoor folding chair has indoor style. Available in three styles: as an armchair, with armrests, and as a lounge armchair. A powder-coated stainless steel and die-cast aluminum frame comes in five colors. For more information and prices, see Eumenes.
Above: Designed by Milan-based architects Ludovica & Roberto Palomba for Eumenes, a Xenía outdoor folding chair has indoor style. Available in three styles: as an armchair, with armrests, and as a lounge armchair. A powder-coated stainless steel and die-cast aluminum frame comes in five colors. For more information and prices, see Eumenes.
If you’re looking for outdoor furniture for a patio, deck, or balcony, browse our updated collection of 10 Easy Pieces posts, including 10 Easy Pieces: Wooden Garden Benches and 10 Easy Pieces: Folding Patio Chairs. For more of our favorite folding furniture, see:

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