Like any country, America has its “wouldn’t be summer without it!” essentials. Now get to know two of them even better.

Adirondack Chair

The Adirondack Chair

This lazy-afternoon icon was developed by Thomas Lee in 1903, while vacationing at his summer home in the Adirondack Mountains. Lee’s place lacked outdoor chairs, so he built the now-classic seats himself – then passed the design along to a carpenter friend in need of cash. The carpenter realized the chair’s value and quickly patented it for himself. (Smart move, guy.)

 

Charcoal Grill

The Charcoal Grill

The hemispherical grill in particular – initially nicknamed “Sputnik” – was designed by American welder George Stephen as an attempt to keep ash from blowing into his food. And the modern charcoal briquette? Also a homeland invention (of E.G. Kingsford – he was a relative of Henry Ford). This sizzling number drives the patriotic point home, produced by based-in-the-USA Cuisinart. We’re guessing their engineers have been to more than a few cookouts.

Our Sunny Classics: Adirondack Chairs & Tables and Hello, Lazy Summer Weekends: BBQ Essentials Boutiques open Wednesday, July 3, at 3PM ET.

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July 3, 2013