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 Fashion Issue 19 Nick Wakeman Creating a menswear-inspired line for women, Nick Wakeman welcomes the challenges arising from forging new aesthetic territories. Design Issue 19 David Rager David Rager, co-founder of design firm Weekends, shares his tale of LA and Paris and how he makes time for life’s little distractions. Design Issue 19 A Day in the Life: Frida Escobedo With her own firm and scores of global projects in her inventive portfolio, this architect is transforming Mexico City, one artful building at a time. Design Issue 19 In Anxious Anticipation The effects of adrenaline are positively pulse-pounding, but the physical whoosh we feel in our bodies actually starts in our brains. Design Issue 18 Happiness by Design Think more like designers: The strategies employed to create a perfectly proportioned bookshelf can also be used to enhance our personal well-being. Design Issue 18 Sense in Symmetry From radial swirls to mirror images, the natural world often shows that there’s beauty in balance.