In her 2016 book, Thought in Action: Expertise and the Conscious Mind, Barbara Gail Montero, a professor of philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center, observed that, “Although we praise effort, we prize effortlessness.” A former professional ballet dancer, Montero was referring to the feats of athletes and dancers, as well as musicians and other artists. But the sentiment applies neatly to the way we evaluate beauty and style: In magazine articles, on social media and in This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Three Buy Now Related Stories Design Partnerships The Line of Beauty A linear look at the PK4 lounge chair, in partnership with Fritz Hansen. Issue Forty-Seven Boost your mind-body balance. Crossword Solutions All the answers to Kinfolk’s print puzzle. Partnerships Summer Time A celebration of midsummer, in partnership with G-SHOCK. Design Partnerships Vico Magistretti Take a fresh look at a traditional finish, in partnership with Fritz Hansen. At Home with Kinfolk Join us for the first in a new series of experiential exhibitions.