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Adirondack Chairs Revisited

9 designers offer a fresh take on a beloved classic

By Kristin Sutter
Published: June 1, 2012

For generations, the Adirondack chair has been an icon of the cabin lifestyle. Its steeply angled back, deep seat and broad arms immediately welcome us to sit down and stay a while – a long while. Just to relax. But those signature characteristics that define the Adirondack chair graciously offer a lot of room for interpretation. Artisans and designers have been putting their own spin on the classic since its inception. Here are a few of the styles that have been inspiring us with visions of midnight chats around the fire pit, hours of reading in the shade, lakeside seating for the cousins’ water-ski Olympics – you get the picture.

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Beach-inspired sculpture
With waves for a backrest and rippling water for a seat, water babies might not mind taking a break from the lake in this handcrafted chair, which the designer makes from mahogany, cherry, black walnut, teak, cedar, and more. And just like water, the “Wave” can flow; thanks to its patent-pending double-fulcrum design, it folds up for easy relocation.

Design: Steve Chamberlain,
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