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Outermost Chair: The Original Adirondack Reborn

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Outermost Chair: The Original Adirondack Reborn

Justine Hand May 7, 2020

Do you have one? That one piece of furniture that you just had to own. That you painstakingly saved for. That, after all these years, continues to inspire. For Chris Nagle, owner of Outermost Home in Provincetown, MA, that piece was an original Westport Adirondack chair, purchased decades ago at Brimfield Market. Though the chair was designed by Thomas Lee and Harry Bunnell  in 1903, Chris was drawn to its surprisingly contemporary lines. “I saw it, came home to the Cape, couldn’t stop thinking about it. I drove back the next day in the pouring rain hoping the dealer was still there. At the time, it was the most money I’d ever spent on furniture. I set it on my lawn and just walked around it for a couple days, admiring every angle.”

For 25 years Chris dreamed of replicating his timeless chair, until finally, the opening of his gallery provided the impetus to release the Outermost Chair. Based on the original, Chris’ design does feature minor tweaks to streamline the chair’s look, as well as maximize comfort and durability.

Photography by Justine Hand.

 Made on Cape Cod by a local cabinet maker, each Outermost Chair is crafted from solid sapele mahogany with stainless steel fasteners; \$795 for natural and \$995 for painted.
Above: Made on Cape Cod by a local cabinet maker, each Outermost Chair is crafted from solid sapele mahogany with stainless steel fasteners; $795 for natural and $995 for painted.
Outermost Chairs come in a variety of updated coastal hues including: Dock Gray, Outermost Blue, natural mahogany, and white. Custom colors also available by special order.
Above: Outermost Chairs come in a variety of updated coastal hues including: Dock Gray, Outermost Blue, natural mahogany, and white. Custom colors also available by special order.
The warm hues of the unfinished mahogany chairs will eventually &#8\2\20;silver out&#8\2\2\1; into a soft, weathered gray; \$795 each.
Above: The warm hues of the unfinished mahogany chairs will eventually “silver out” into a soft, weathered gray; $795 each.
As an homage to his Cape Cod home, Chris developed a custom color, Outermost Blue, named for naturalist/author Henry Beston&#8\2\16;s book The Outermost House.
Above: As an homage to his Cape Cod home, Chris developed a custom color, Outermost Blue, named for naturalist/author Henry Beston‘s book The Outermost House.
After several tests, Thomas Lee and Harry C. Bunnell, designers of the original Westport Adirondack chairs, determined that a 95-degree-angle for the back was optimal for comfort. Likewise, the Outermost Chair features a generously supportive back, set at this perfect angle.
Above: After several tests, Thomas Lee and Harry C. Bunnell, designers of the original Westport Adirondack chairs, determined that a 95-degree-angle for the back was optimal for comfort. Likewise, the Outermost Chair features a generously supportive back, set at this perfect angle.
Designed to be functional as well as comfortable, the chair features ample arms which double as tables for you cocktail or lemonade.
Above: Designed to be functional as well as comfortable, the chair features ample arms which double as tables for you cocktail or lemonade.
Subtleties of design, such as the tapered legs, ensure that the Outermost Chair is pleasing from every angle.
Above: Subtleties of design, such as the tapered legs, ensure that the Outermost Chair is pleasing from every angle.
Grouped in a row, the parallel lines of the Outermost Adirondack Chairs are shown to their best advantage.
Above: Grouped in a row, the parallel lines of the Outermost Adirondack Chairs are shown to their best advantage.
A single Outermost Adirondack Chair in Dock Gray.
Above: A single Outermost Adirondack Chair in Dock Gray.
And Outermost Chair in mahogany provides a perfect spot for enjoying the view.
Above: And Outermost Chair in mahogany provides a perfect spot for enjoying the view.

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