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Still standing: design historian Witold Rybczynski’s appreciation of the chair and its 5,000-year history. The carpeted Ring Chair by New York-based design studio Bower was designed by Danny Giannella and Tammer Hijazi in 2016.

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

  • Words:
    Julie Cirelli
  • Photography:
    Charlie Schuck
  • Set Design:
    Natasha Felker

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  • Words:
    Julie Cirelli
  • Photography:
    Charlie Schuck
  • Set Design:
    Natasha Felker
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