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Adirondack Benches

ADIRONDACK STYLE

Evoking rusticity and relaxation through simple and elegant designs, vintage Adirondack furniture originated in the Adirondack Mountains of northeastern New York. The most famous piece is the Adirondack chair, which dates to 1903.

With its ample armrests and sturdy but comfortable slanted seat, the reclined Adirondack chair was designed by Thomas Lee for his own country home. The postwar golden age of modern patio and garden furniture production — led by the likes of Brown Jordan, Knoll, Salterini and Woodard — was decades away at the time, and there were few pieces of furniture specifically created for outdoor use.

Lee, a Massachusetts-born Harvard graduate raised in a wealthy family, was no furniture designer. He merely needed a durable, rugged chair for afternoons in the sun while he was vacationing on Lake Champlain in Westport, New York, in the summer. The amateur woodworker used just one wooden plank cut into 11 segments that were jointed together for his now-legendary seat, which is said to have been made of hemlock, hickory or basswood.

The story of the Adirondack chair continues with Lee’s friend, carpenter Harry Bunnell, covertly patenting the chair and going on to produce it as the Westport Plank chair for a growing audience over the next two decades. Over a century later, the Adirondack chair has gone through several design evolutions while maintaining its popularity and basic form with slats of wood such as pine offering comfort both indoors and out.

The widespread demand for rustic Adirondack outdoor furniture was bolstered by the turn-of-the-century establishment of rural escapes to treat diseases such as tuberculosis. The low-slung Adirondack chair became common in these places of convalescence, allowing patients to recline and breathe in the country air. It also complemented the camp-style architecture that was prevalent in the Adirondacks for recreation as well as restoration, where rugged furniture with exposed wood and minimal carving filled interiors and wide porches.

Today, Adirondack chairs are made in a range of materials and can be found around the world, from ski resorts to lakeside piers, their durability and classic form making them an enduring favorite for spending time in nature.

Find vintage Adirondack chairs, benches, lounge chairs, decorative objects, folk art and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Adirondack
Rustic Hardwood Bench
Located in Lakeville, CT
This bench is made from aged lumber pulled from a 16th century Pennsylvania Mennonite barn floor. Texture and color are left natural. Wire brushed to remove all splinters and oiled i...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Adirondack Benches

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Wood

19Thc Original Red Painted Rounded Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19Thc Original red painted rounded farm bench from Pennsylvania. The condition is very good and has amazing cut outs.
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1880s American Antique Adirondack Benches

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Wood

Pair of Blue painted Picnic Benches
Located in Los Angeles, CA
20Thc Blue painted park benches or picnic benches in fantastic sturdy condition.These benches are blue over red painted surface.Both are in very good c...
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20th Century American Adirondack Benches

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Wood

Vintage Rustic Bamboo Rattan Bent Wood Adirondak Tree Branch Bench Settee
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage rustic log cabin / farmhouse / adirondak / tree branch style bench or settee. Made of bamboo and rattan featuring bentwood style and slatted back. Dimensions: 40"h x 50" x ...
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Late 20th Century Adirondack Benches

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Bamboo

Wooden Dutch Vintage Heart Bench
Located in Pasadena, CA
Wooden Dutch Vintage Heart Seat. Hand made and put together with pegs. 50w x 26d x 35h x 16sh
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1960s Belgian Vintage Adirondack Benches

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Wood

19thc Original Red Painted Farmhouse Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 19thc original red painted farm bench is in fine ,sturdy condition.This bench came from Pennsylvania.
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Late 19th Century American Antique Adirondack Benches

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Wood

19Thc Original Powder Blue Farmhouse Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19Thc Original blue painted farmhouse bench from Pennsylvania.This sturdy water bench has fantastic cut out legs. Great form and color.
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Late 19th Century American Antique Adirondack Benches

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Wood

Rustic Reclaimed Hardwood Bench
Located in Lakeville, CT
This bench is made from aged lumber pulled from a 16th century Pennsylvania Mennonite barn floor. Texture and color are left natural. Wire brushed to remove all splinters and oiled i...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Adirondack Benches

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Wood

Early 20th Century West African "Senufo" Tribe Carved Bed Bench
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate a den or game room with this elegant antique tribal bench. Hand carved in western Africa, and attributed to the Senufo tribe, the bench is naturally curved and stands on two...
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Early 20th Century Ivorian Adirondack Benches

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Hardwood

Antique Mixed Wood Children’s L Shaped Corner Bench
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Antique L-shaped School Bench with hardwood slats and pine uprights. The bench with slatted back, center divided support. Dimensions: 31 1/2" H, footprint - 64" x 52" and 13 3/4" H....
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20th Century Adirondack Benches

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Wood

1980s Vintage Iron and Leather Benches with Cut Out Motifs - a Pair
Located in Pasadena, CA
Pair of Iron and Leather Benches with cut Out Motifs. Each bench is identical in Size and measures approximately 40 wide x 15 deep x 18 high.
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1980s North American Vintage Adirondack Benches

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Iron

19th Century Plank Wood Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century Ranch House or farm house plank seat bench found on a porch in Texas.This bench is thick and very sturdy.
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1880s American Antique Adirondack Benches

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Wood

19thc Small Bucket Bench from Pennsylvania
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19thc early original small bucket bench in fine condition. This sturdy bench has a worn or aged patina.
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Late 19th Century American Antique Adirondack Benches

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Wood

Old Hickory Child's Bench With Suede Seat
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fun handmade Old Hickory child's bench with a suede seat. It has been newly upholstered in leather.
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1940s American Vintage Adirondack Benches

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Hickory

Pair of Primitive Green Painted Benches with Backs
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous pair of primitive country benches. Early c1900 painted green that has been distressed over the years. Very solid, not wobbly, normal age related wear. Would make great plant...
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Early 1900s American Antique Adirondack Benches

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Pine, Paint

19th C Child's Bench with Red Woven Splint Seat
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic 19th C child's bench with red woven splint seat.
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19th Century American Antique Adirondack Benches

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Wood

19th C Original Painted Farmhouse Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th C Original painted farmhouse bench.
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19th Century American Antique Adirondack Benches

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Wood

Old Hickory Stool with a Herringbone Rattan Seat
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Old hickory stool with a Herringbone rattan seat. Stool is very strong. Good condition.
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20th Century American Adirondack Benches

Materials

Hickory

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Located in Lakeville, CT
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Pair of Louis XVI style Paint Decorated Upholstered Benches
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
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Solid Teak Wood Sculptural Bench Modern Organic
Located in Jimbaran, Bali
This solid teak wood bench features a wonderful organic form with a mix of wood textures and shades. Elevated by two solid teak wood legs, the seat and...
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Located in Palm Springs, CA
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Located in Hopewell, NJ
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Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
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19Thc Original Blue Painted Farm House Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19Thc Original sky blue farmhouse bench.Could be called a bucket bench. Fine sturdy condition.
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Late 19th Century American Antique Adirondack Benches

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Pine

Modern Ficks Reed Fabric Bamboo and Rattan Sofa
Located in Pasadena, CA
Wonderful day bed with bamboo structure and rattan webbing. The cushion is custom made for this daybed and fits snug into the frame. There are 2 cyli...
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1970s American Vintage Adirondack Benches

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Hickory Bench With Plank Seat From A Ranch
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fun and folky hand made hickory bench has a wonderful plank top and thick hickory legs. The top of the bench has a nice worn patina.
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1910s American Vintage Adirondack Benches

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19th Century Farm Plank Bench
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19th Century Farm Plank Bench
19th Century Farm Plank Bench
H 24.5 in W 39.5 in D 24 in
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Old Hickory Stool with a Herringbone Rattan Seat
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Old hickory stool with a Herringbone rattan seat. Stool is very strong. Good condition.
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20th Century American Adirondack Benches

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Hickory

Large Whited Painted Old Hickory Settee/Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
White painted old hickory settee/bench.
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20th Century North American Adirondack Benches

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Hickory

Old Hickory Settee / Bench
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful old hickory settee/bench. The settee is very strong. This settee/bench would be great in a country Home, Ranch, or on a Porch.
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20th Century American Adirondack Benches

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Old Hickory Settee / Bench
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Beautiful Signed Old Hickory Three Seat Settee
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Signed Old Hickory Three Seat Settee Signed Martinsville, Indiana. The Settee has Old Brass Button and is is Pristine Condition.
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20th Century American Adirondack Benches

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Rattan, Wood, Hickory

Antique Old Hickory School Adirondack Splint Seat & Stick Bench, circa 1910
Located in Big Flats, NY
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Early 20th Century American Adirondack Benches

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Pair Handmade Organic Free Form Live Edge Tree Root Leg Drink Tables or Stools
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Pair of 19th Century Rustic Black Painted Cowhide Benches
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Adirondack benches for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Adirondack benches for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage benches created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include seating, asian art and furniture, folk art and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, hardwood and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Adirondack benches made in a specific country, there are North America, United States, and Africa pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original benches, popular names associated with this style include Zelonky Studios, and Old Hickory Furniture Company. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for benches differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $550 and tops out at $3,100 while the average work can sell for $1,286.

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