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Innovative Design Find: The Two Way Chaise Lounge

I’m always on the lookout for innovative design finds and my latest discovery is the Two Way Chaise Lounge because it offers a better way to sunbathe. Invented by interior designer Kate Clarke, the Two Way Chaise Lounge is designed to raise up or down on either end so you can follow the sun’s rays without having to constantly get up and flip the chair around.

The Two Way Chaise Lounge, a better way to sunbathe. Invented by interior designer Kate Clarke. Each end of the lounge chair flips up or down so you can follow the sun's rays. Photo credit: The Design Tourist
The Two Way Chaise Lounge, a better way to sunbathe. Invented by interior designer Kate Clarke. Each end of the lounge chair flips up or down so you can follow the sun’s rays. Photo credit: The Design Tourist

I’m sure many of you can relate to the aggravation of having to move your lounge chair to follow the constantly changing direction of the sun.  The shade inevitably creeps over your perfect poolside spot forcing you to shift positions to stay in the sun.  Kate had an ah-ha moment while lounging at a resort’s crowded pool that became the inspiration for her Two Way Chaise Lounge. 

The Two Way Chaise Lounge pictured here in the faux wicker frame with optional cushions in navy blue. Photo credit: The Design Tourist.
The Two Way Chaise Lounge pictured here in the faux wicker frame with optional cushions in navy blue. Photo credit: The Design Tourist.

One guy lifted his chaise lounge around and hit me with it and I thought to myself— Wow if the lounge chair could go up or down on both sides, that wouldn’t be an issue,” says Kate, who engineered the Two Way Chaise Lounge with several practical features. 

The Two Way Chaise Lounge, a better way to sunbathe. Invented by interior designer Kate Clarke. Each end of the lounge chair flips up or down so you can follow the sun's rays. Photo credit: The Design Tourist
The Two Way Chaise Lounge, a better way to sunbathe. Invented by interior designer Kate Clarke. Each end of the lounge chair flips up or down so you can follow the sun’s rays. Photo credit: The Design Tourist

Each chair comes with a pull out drawer underneath the seat that contains a solar charger for electronic devices so you don’t need to be tethered to an outlet poolside. The pull out drawer doubles as a drink stand eliminating the need for a side table. This game-changing invention also provides a stylish, space-saving solution for busy resorts and high volume cruise ships where poolside spots are at a premium.

Each Two Way Chaise Lounge was a built-in drawer that contains a solar charger to charge electronic devices poolside.
Each Two Way Chaise Lounge was a built-in drawer that contains a solar charger to charge electronic devices poolside.

I tried out the Two Way Chaise Lounge recently to even out my ridiculous tennis tanlines and found it super easy to use. The chair is lightweight and easy to lift up or down on either side. I really enjoyed the convenience of the solar charger which kept my cell phone battery charged up so I could text and check emails poolside.  The drawer comes with an optional lock so I can lock up my belongings and take a dip in the pool, knowing they are safe.

The Design Tourist aka Karen LeBlanc sunbathing with the Two Way Chaise Lounge.
The Design Tourist aka Karen LeBlanc sunbathing with the Two Way Chaise Lounge.

I also appreciate the lounge chair’s sense of style; it comes in a faux wicker frame, aluminum frame and poly wood frame with optional cushions made of Sunbrella fabric and outdoor rated foam in a wide variety of colors. For the resort and hospitality industries, the Two Way Lounge Chair is available in a sling fabric that can be customized with a logo. 

The Two Way Chaise Lounge in sling fabric that can be customized with a resort or cruise line's logo.
The Two Way Chaise Lounge in sling fabric that can be customized with a resort or cruise line’s logo.

Kate has a direct relationship with the factory that produces her Two Way Chaise Lounge and can fulfill a large custom order in only eight to ten weeks.

“I envision the Two Way Chaise Lounge in resorts and cruise ships where space is tight. This solves the problem because it eliminates the need for a side table so the pool area can accommodate more chaise lounges in tighter spaces. It also allows sunbathers to either follow the sun’s rays or stay in the shade by flipping the ends up or down.”

The Two Way Chaise Lounge in sling fabric that can be customized with a resort or cruise line's logo.
The Two Way Chaise Lounge in sling fabric that can be customized with a resort or cruise line’s logo.

The Two Way Chaise Lounge is a clever design find that offers a stylish space saving solution for the hospitality industry and goes great with any poolscape at home. 

Check out the Two Way Chaise Lounge in action in this video:

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist (www.TheDesignTourist.com) that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: https://thedesigntourist.com/the-magazine/ Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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