La-Z-Boy was founded in 1927 by two cousins, Edward Knabusch & Edwin Shoemaker. The company was, and still is, based in Monroe, Michigan.
With completion in the spring of 1928, the first La-Z-Boy wooden patio chair had a swinging link that simultaneously pushed the seat forward and also tilted back. The first prototype was made from orange crates.
A suggestion to upholster the design brought the recliner permanently into American homes and the cousins named their creation La-Z-Boy.