Now I Sit Me Down

Now I Sit Me Down

From Klismos to Plastic Chair : A Natural History

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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"In the hands of one of our best writers on architectures and design, a history of chairs becomes a revealing history of design and leisure, and ultimately of how we see ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374223212
Characteristics: 242 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Tigard_ErikC Nov 27, 2019

This is Rybczynski’s latest book since the essay collection Mysteries of The Mall (2015). As with his 2000 title One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw he takes a focused look at the design of a particular material thing, and finds more to the concept of a chair than on... Read More »

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Jan 04, 2018

Its hard to believe that there is so much to write about such a mundane topic. Chairs have a long history, and in some cultures a much shorter history. The writing is quite informal; its conversational quality makes it easy to read but has the tendency to have the reader not take the subject seriously. Very few images; mostly drawings. Some chairs are not mentioned at all, like the saddle chair (weight is borne on the inner thighs and rump and one sits about 30 cm higher), or the kneeling chair (weight is on the knees and rump and one sits about 30 cm higher), both of which are great for moving onto if must sit for long periods.

Oct 22, 2016

Decent writing, good sketches (could have used more of them), but an overemphasis on design (what else would you expect from an architect?)

Sep 12, 2016

An informative and entertaining history of the chair illustrated with sketches by the author. This reader would have appreciated a Glossary of Technical Terms such as curule, intarsia, marquetry, scarf, and conchoidal. The author provides end notes but they are difficult to read due to their run-on format. Finally, it would be helpful if the illustrations had been identified in the Index by a page number in italics.


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