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Saturday, 17 March 2007
Adirondack chairs are generally used for outdoor furniture.

This week someone asked where one could source Adirondack chairs in South Africa. I phoned around and sent a few emails and Sheyaam from Sharon Mabin Interiors in Noordhoek answered promptly with a photograph and availability of Adirondack chairs. Sharon or Sheyaam can be contacted on +27 21 785 3973.

Adirondack ChairAnd, for those of you interested, this is the story behind the Adirondack chair.

An Adirondack chair (or in Canada, a Muskoka chair) is a type of chair used primarily in an outdoors setting. The precursor to today's Adirondack chair was designed by Thomas Lee in 1903. He was on vacation in Westport, New York and he needed outdoor chairs for his summer home. He tested the first designs on his family.

The original Adirondack chair was made with eleven pieces of wood, cut from a single board. It had a straight back and seat, which were set at a slant to sit better on the steep mountain inclines of the area.

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It also featured wide armrests which became a hallmark of the Adirondack Chair.

Today's Adirondack chairs usually feature a rounded back and contoured seat. The style has also been translated to other pieces of furniture, from gliders to love seats. Some modern adirondack chairs are made out of engineered wood instead of wood.

After arriving at a final design for the "Westport plank chair," Lee offered it to Harry Bunnell, a carpenter friend in Westport, who was in need of a winter income. Bunnell quickly realized the chair was the perfect item to sell to Westport's summer residents and apparently without asking Lee's permission, Bunnell filed for and received a patent in 1905. Bunnell manufactured his plank chairs for the next twenty years. His 'Westport Chairs' were all signed and made of hemlock in colors of green or medium dark brown.

Adirondack chairs are becoming popular as outdoor seating at cafés, because the flat armrests are suitable for setting food and beverages on, making it possible to provide individual seating without using tables.

The Canadian name Muskoka Chair comes from a popular cottaging and outdoor recreational region in southern Ontario north of Toronto.  (Source: wikipedia - Adirondack Chair)


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