A classic American Summer at the lake or mountains brings top of mind a gentle breeze, calm water, the sun low in the sky, a cool drink, and sitting in a white Adirondack chair. The Adirondack Chair meets many needs as an cost efficient, low slung chair that is comfortable, durable, has a place to rest a glass, and is sturdy for sloping terrain. Shown above is Summer Classics Plantation Adirondack chair from 1992, Summer Cottage wrought aluminum chair from 2006, and our Club Adirondack Chair in wrought aluminum, available today.
1. A brief history of Adirondack chairs:
In 1903 Lake Champlain Westport, NY Thomas Lee designed the first version of what we know as the adirondack chair. His low slung chair was comfortable, durable, with a solid arm to rest a glass, and sturdy for the sloping terrain of the Adirondack region. His was constructed from eleven pieces of wood all cut from one single plank. Friend and carpenter, Harry Bunnell who was making the fast selling chairs, unethically usurped the design and filed patent (No. 794,777) on “his” new chair design calling it the Westport Plank Chair. Signed originals are highly sought after.
2. Summer Classics take on the classic adirondack chair:
In 1992, Summer Classics introduced Ponte Vedra Collection, a wood adirondack chair. The 1992 catalog stated “The Ponte Vedra is the finest Adirondack collection made in the United Statees. This completely assembled collection features no exposed hardware, screwed, glued and coated with four coats of Indurlux yacht paint (for contract installations).” It was available in a Loveseat, Chair, Ottoman and End Table. Also available was the Plantation Collection. The catalog stated “A rustic style of furniture manufactured in the early 1800’s, named because of its popularity among the owners and furnishers of resorts and summer residences in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Distinctively woodsy, this furniture was originally composed of round, unmilled hickory sticks, often with the bark left on, and arranged in simple designs from country models (unassembled).” Available in white or unfinished.
3. Other Adirondack inspired designs by Summer Classics:
Today, the outdoor furniture market is flooded with cheap imitations of the once robust classic Adirondack chair design, leaving an image of “cheap” in the consumer’s mind, and little room for innovation. So, to fill the market need for a luxury feeling product, Summer Classics meets the same needs as the Adirondack in several innovative outdoor chairs.
a. For a contemporary modern inspired adirondack,
preview the The Halo Collection, a Summer Classics adirondack inspired, fully woven resin wicker patio chair. A portion of the proceeds is donated to ovarian cancer research in honor of Susan Lambeth, Summer Classics sales representative who lost her battle with cancer.
b. For a more traditional chair but lower in height see our Euro Height Seating:
A Euro height or chat height table is lower than a dining table and higher than a coffee table. Our Skye Euro lounge chairs offer a cushion-optional, lounge chair height for sitting for longer periods. Euro height is also available in Athena and Charleston Collections.
c. For a traditional Adirondack sit, but in a robust and durable material,
view the wrought aluminum Club Adirondack Chair: The universal designs from the Club collection mix well with our other collections, such as Croquet Aluminum and Rustic. This outdoor lounge chair works well without a cushion.
d. We have several adirondack style options that are designed without cushions:
The Wind Collection, a mid-century inspired design made of woven N-dura resin wicker and an eco-friendy, green material called Resysta, which is made of rice husks and mineral spirits.
With many options available today in material and design, the solutions solved by the most copied outdoor chair ever have evolved into many more luxurious outdoor furniture styles for personal preference.