Sitting Down With Witold Rybczynski

The writer and architect talks chairs

Mies van der Rohe’s chairs on display at the Barcelona Pavillion (MartinD/Wikimedia Commons)
Mies van der Rohe’s chairs on display at the Barcelona Pavillion (MartinD/Wikimedia Commons)

A few years ago, Witold Rybczynski, one of The American Scholar‘s frequent contributors, happened to be coming to town for—of all things—a chair symposium. Not really having considered the chair as more than a functional object, we arranged to meet up at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to track down some classics of global chairmaking. And, of course, to sit in them.

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Sitting Down With Witold Rybczynski

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