Ring Chair by Bower. In his latest book, Now I Sit Me Down, architect and writer Witold Rybczynski explores the history of the chair as an allegory of human evolution. “The astonishing historical variety of chairs is as much due to our intimate relationship with them as to functional imperatives, ” Rybczynski writes. By focusing so intensely on one thing—an exceedingly common object, the chair—Rybczynski charts a complex history driven as much by aesthetic caprice as tradition, craftsmanship and the immutable needs of the This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Two Buy Now Related Stories Design Issue 50 Frama The creative company where community is more than just a mood board. Design Issue 49 At Work With: Muller Van Severen How a home renovation birthed one of Europe’s most distinguished design duos. Design Fashion Issue 49 Reid Bartelme & Harriet Jung An inquiry into costume design. Design Interiors Issue 49 Mimi Shodeinde An audience with the architect. Design Interiors Issue 48 At Work With: Studio Utte A visit to the small, sophisticated Milanese studio of Patrizio Gola & Guglielmo Giagnotti. Design Issue 48 Off to Sea with Cyrill Gutsch Meet the self-appointed design ambassador for the oceans.