The iconic Adirondack chair.
Working with wood, many generations of skilled hands have designed and crafted these high backed seats. At one time, the presence in a yard of these classic chairs helped to make a status statement. During moments of leisure, backyard lovers would grab a drink and slide into a chair’s deep seat. They would rest their drink on an arm, breathe in the fresh air and admire the flora on their property.
Nowadays, those wooden creations remain an example of fine patio furniture. Today, however, they can come with one or more adaptations. For example, the name “Forever Phat Tommy” goes with a folding model. The name “Big Daddy” has become linked to a reclining item, one that comes with a pull out ottoman.
Now even the conventional wooden chair offers an added bit of comfort. It usually contains a soft and colorful cushion. Adirondack chair cushions reinforce the luxurious nature of the present day outdoor chairs, those that resemble classical pieces and those fitted with the latest adaptations.
Today the chairs with such adaptations sit aside many other types of outdoor furniture. Today, a backyard might contain a hydraulic chaise, a teak lounger, or a wicker sofa. Even large sectionals can be found in an outdoor setting, perhaps next to a stone fire table.
Vintage pieces in the posh clubs of Europe have inspired creation of aluminum and pewter seats. Some of those less bulky pieces have been placed on patios or gazebos. A gazebo can serve as a form of protection, if a garden lover gets caught in the rain. It can be an eight-sided or six-sided structure, if not a square or a rectangle. It can be made of wood, aluminum, plastic or steel.
The person who stands or sits on a gazebo can admire the garden design on a larger property. That design might include fountains or sculptures. The garden’s designer might have dotted the area with columns or planters. A tour of that garden might demand use of steps or well-placed pathways.
Such pathways might lead to a cabana, a pergola, a pavilion or a pool house. A pathway on a hillside might include a set of steps. It might wind past various other outdoor decorations, such as weather vanes, a trellis or a sundial.
Of course every pathway ends, and every garden has a border. A smart designer can use trees and bushes to indicate that border. Alternatively, that dividing line might become the location of some vine covered fencing. A number of different natural and man made creations can be incorporated into the elements that serve to indicate the boundaries of a lovely garden setting. And of course, a pair of timeless Adirondack chairs completes the picture and adds a vantage point of enjoyment.