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 50 Close Knit Close Knit: Meet the weavers keeping traditional Egyptian tapestrymaking alive. Arts & Culture Issue 50 New Roots The Palestinian art and agriculture collective sowing seeds of community. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Mass Destruction “Artists are often left baffled by the fact that they have millions of monthly streams, yet only a couple of thousand followers on social media.” Arts & Culture Issue 49 On the Cheap The greatness of cultural worsts. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Checked Out Why is hotel art so boring?