When you think of Adirondack chairs, you likely envision the type with sloped seat and multiple planks making up the back, the type that immediately telescopes rustic New England charm. The original Adirondack chair, though, designed by Thomas Lee and patented by his carpenter friend Harry Bunnell in 1905, is strikingly modern and Brutalist-like. According to the Westport Chamber of Commerce in New York, Lee, who summered in the area, “used a single plank of local hemlock [to design] a comfortable chair with slanted back and wide arm rests to hold drinks and food.” (See our Object Lesson on the Adirondack Chair for its complete origin story.)
Here are a few favorite Westport chairs, priced high to low:
For our favorite multi-slatted Adirondack chairs, see 10 Easy Pieces: Adirondack Chairs.
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- Your First Outdoor Furniture: 5 Mistakes to Avoid
- Hardscaping 101: How to Care for Wood Outdoor Furniture
- Patio Furniture: 10 Favorite Rattan Armchairs for Outdoor Living