Whitfield Chair Co.: A Modern Take on the Adirondack Chair

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When Matt Moore went shopping for Adirondack chairs a couple years ago he was unsatisfied with the options on the market. “I had looked around and there was no good outdoor furniture that was made out of wood and not $800 or more,” says the Accord-based creative director. “I’m good at looking for things, and I thought if I couldn’t find it, then maybe it doesn’t exist.” 

Moore enlisted his friend, woodworker Braxton Alexander, to design some custom-made chairs for his fire pit. Once they settled on a design—a sleek, modern update to the rustic classic—they realized they might be onto something bigger than a one-off furniture set. “We wanted to update the Adirondack chair. No disrespect to the original, but so much outdoor furniture these days looks like it belongs on the porch of a Cracker Barrel,” says Moore. “Not to mention it’s usually made of plastic and costs roughly the same as a new laptop.”

“And we thought, ‘If we’re so excited about these chairs—maybe other people will be too,’” says Moore. And that’s how Whitfield Chair Co. was born. The company launched in November and they are currently taking pre-orders for spring delivery.

The chairs, which retail for $675 (matching love seat for $975), are made in Alexander’s Kerhonkson studio. They’re made with 13 layers of marine-grade Europly plywood and coated with a polyurethane deck finish. The chairs come in four colors: black, yellow, green, and red. According to Alexander, the marine-grade construction of the chairs should keep them in good shape for 20 years, if not even longer.

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