An article that I co-authored for a local wood furniture company about the history of their Adirondack chairs was published on L.L. Bean’s blog over the Labor Day weekend. Excerpt with link to the full article below:
Adirondack Chairs: a Century of American Furniture
Guest blog by Luke Eriksen and Nathaniel Gibson:
Over the past century, the Adirondack chair has become a classic piece of American outdoor furniture. Originally conceived as a fairly basic design in the early 1900s in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, it has been redesigned in numerous styles with various features. The Adirondack chairs that L.L.Bean offers today incorporate the best of these refinements to make it convenient and comfortable, while still holding true to its distinct American heritage.
The design for L.L.Bean’s Classic Wooden Adirondack Chair originated with Clifford Pierce and his Vermont furniture company during the early 1980s. A decorated veteran as well as an entrepreneur – he had already founded a successful steel-crafting business prior to founding his woodworking company – Cliff became interested in Adirondack chairs during summers spent with his family at their lakefront camp on Lake George in New York.
Read the full article on the L.L. Bean blog.