The History of the Adirondack Chair

We aim to give Northerners products that fit their surroundings and celebrate the beauty of being out in the wilderness. We do not feel the need to fill our lakes with tropical animals that you would never naturally find here. Although, a lot of those creatures are very cute, we are all about celebrating the roots of the North. That being said, it is not just animals that you find up here. There is one quintessential item that you would find on almost any populated lake. I am talking about the Westport Chair aka the Adirondack Chair aka The Muskoka Chair.

The chair that sums up cottage country - comfortable, beautiful and can easily hold your beverage on its arm. The Adirondack chair has been around for over a hundred years, first invented in West Port NY (the Adirondack region) by Thomas Lee. Lee’s version of the chair did differ from most versions of the chair we know today. Between 1900 and 1903 Lee took it upon himself to create a chair that could be used for relaxing while taking in the outside world. His original design consisted of one knot free plank used for the back (often made of havelock). Although there is some debate on how the patent came to be (whether a friendly agreement, or if Lee was duped), Lee’s friend Harry Brunell patented the chair in 1910 and went on to make some slight modifications for comfort and then started mass making the Adirondack Chair. 

The chair eventually made its way to Canada brought here by a manufacturer. Due to the popularity of the chair in the Muskoka region of Ontario, most Canadians now refer to the Adirondack chair now as a Muskoka chair. Although it has been stated that there were some clear differences between the Muskoka chair and the Adirondack chair (angle of the back, width, height of the seat), there are now so many variations of the chair it would be difficult to differentiate between the two.

So, why the heck are we talking about the Adirondack chair? Well, Float-Eh is excited to share one of our newest floats in the 2023 lineup. Your inflatable, floating Adirondack chair. Float on friends. 


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