Back in 1903, or so the story goes, a man wanted
to build a truly comfortably lawn chair to furnish
his summer home in the heart of New York State's
Adirondack forest preserve.
Thomas Lee began nailing pine boards together;
testing each style he designed on the members of
his family. The chairs were all designed using a
single pine plank and featured wide armrests that
have become the hallmark of the Adirondack style.
After arriving at a final design for the "Westport
plank chair," he offered it to a carpenter friend,
who was in need of a winter income.
Harry Bunnell quickly realized the chair was the
perfect item to sell to Westport's summer residents.
Without apparently asking Lee's permission,
Bunnell filed for and received a patent in 1904.
Bunnell manufactured his plank chairs for the next
twenty years. His chairs were all signed and made
of hemlock. Original colors were green or a
medium dark brown.
From here in the Adirondack
foothills, we design our solid furniture
for hours of comfort with closely spaced, narrower
slats... contoured backs and seats... and the
traditional wide armrests. Besides our Adirondack
chair, we also offer snuggle up versions for two, and smaller sizes for kids.
So, take a look and let us know what we can create
for you today.