As its name implies, the Piece Round stool by Take Home Design is composed of small pieces of walnut or oak connected in a circular composition. Leonardo da Vinci could perceive worlds in the stains and markings on old, weathered walls, and he eagerly counseled other painters to study walls so as to shape their own imaginings of landscapes, figures in motion and facial expressions. His arcane advice struck me recently while I was looking up other things in his notebooks. Not an hour later, I read the same bit of Leonardo’s crafty guidance on a friend’s Instagram feed posted from 3, 000 miles away. Odd. Later that same day, I came across the curious word “metis” twice in quick succession—first on a map and then on a construction sign. Metis is an ancient Greek term often associated with Leonardo da Vinci, connoting wisdom This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Three Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 44 Hannah Traore The art world's next big thing is a gallerist. Arts & Culture Issue 43 The Sellout On the moral maze of art and money. Arts & Culture Issue 43 Signal Boost How status anxiety drives culture. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Dream House The rise of renderporn. Arts & Culture Issue 40 Olalekan Jeyifous On fantastical architecture and sci-fi Brooklyn. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Liana Finck The wobbly-lined cartoonist with a razor-sharp vision.