One of the most popular outdoor chair styles is the Adirondack chair, which is also known as the Muskoka chair.
After testing initial versions on his family, Lee offered the final design to his carpenter friend, Harry Bunnell, who needed winter income. Bunnell recognized the chair's potential and filed for a patent in 1905 (apparently without requesting permission from Lee). Bunnell initially marketed the chair to summer residents at Westport and manufactured his Westport chair for the next 20 years, each signed and built from hemlock and available in green or medium dark brown. At some point, the Adirondack crossed the border into Canada and became known as the Muskoka chair, named for the Muskoka cottage area north of Toronto, Ontario.
While maintaining its key characteristics, the modern Adirondack chair has evolved to feature a more rounded back and contoured seat. Many are built by craftsmen and retain the rustic wood structure of the original, but the Adirondack is also mass produced from plastic lumber or composite wood material. The style has also been adapted into other pieces of furniture, such as gliders and love seats.
Adirondacks continue to grow as popular outdoor furniture because of their extremely comfortable style and the flat armrests. They also make ideal mini tables for food and beverages.