By Romaine Delage. Adirondack Chair. Published at Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 - 04:36:46 AM.
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.
If you are not even sure what an Adirondack chair is let alone a plastic Adirondack chair, here is a little history. Adirondack chairs were invented during the early 1900's by a vacationer who was looking for ways to furnish his summer home. By utilizing materials found around his Westport, NY, vacation home, Thomas Lee crafted a unique chair that caught the attention of a local carpenter and would eventually gain widespread popularity. The chair was made out of eleven slats of wood, had wide armrests, and was unique in that both the seat and back angled so that it would sit better on the steep mountain terrain of the Adirondacks.
Seeing the marketing potential that the chair has, Bunnel secured a patent for it in 1905, behind Lee's back, and dubbed it the "Westport Chair". Eventually, Lee was recognized as the chair's creator and was since called the "Adirondack chair". Nevertheless, thanks to Bunnel's underhanded tactics, the Adirondack chair has emerged as one of America's most beloved furniture creations.
Then, Lee showed his design to a carpenter named Harry Bunnell. Bunnell was the owner of a small shop in Westport. Lee thought Bunnell would just make chairs for his family, but Bunnell saw a chance to make a living.
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