By Pasclina Comte. Adirondack Chair. Published at Sunday, September 17th, 2017 - 01:35:12 AM.
The Adirondack remains a popular piece of furniture for outdoor use. However, the chair has gone a long way since its humble roots as a seat for "rural settings". The very first chair was designed in 1903 by Thomas Lee for the use of his family while on holiday in their summer house in the Adirondack Mountains. Later on, Lee shared the design with a carpenter friend in Westport named Harry Bunnel.
Individuals who own or have rented summer homes most likely have seen Adirondack chairs. These chairs were the creation of Thomas Lee way back in 1903 for his and his family's enjoyment in the Adirondack mountain range. Lee then shared the chair's design with his carpenter friend Harry Bunnel, who underhandedly secured a patent for it behind Lee's back. Despite its inauspicious origins, his invented chair today not only epitomizes the outdoor life, it has earned the distinction of being a truly American creation.
According to AdirondackChairs.com, the Westport chair's popularity spread throughout the region. Unfortunately, its area of fame never went beyond 100 miles from Westport. Over the next twenty years, Bunnell created different variations of the Adirondack, including tete de tetes and kid's Adirondack chairs.
In 1904, Bunnell requested a patent for Lee's chair, naming it the Westport chair. He was awarded a patent in the summer of 1905 and started to make and sell Westport chairs. Bunnell did not ask Lee for his permission to sell his chairs, and did not even tell him he was applying for a patent.
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