Now I Sit Me Down

Now I Sit Me Down

And he pairs these stories with his own delightful hand-drawn illustrations: colonial rockers and English cabrioles, languorous chaise longues, and no-nonsense ergonomic task chairs--they're all here.

Author: Witold Rybczynski

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374713355

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 256

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Have you ever wondered where rocking chairs came from, or why cheap plastic chairs are suddenly everywhere? In Now I Sit Me Down, the distinguished architect and writer Witold Rybczynski chronicles the history of the chair from the folding stools of pharaonic Egypt to the ubiquitous stackable monobloc chairs of today. He tells the stories of the inventor of the bentwood chair, Michael Thonet, and of the creators of the first molded-plywood chair, Charles and Ray Eames. He reveals the history of chairs to be a social history--of different ways of sitting, of changing manners and attitudes, and of varying tastes. The history of chairs is the history of who we are. We learn how the ancient Chinese switched from sitting on the floor to sitting in a chair, and how the iconic chair of Middle America--the Barcalounger--traces its roots back to the Bauhaus. Rybczynski weaves a rich tapestry that draws on art and design history, personal experience, and historical accounts. And he pairs these stories with his own delightful hand-drawn illustrations: colonial rockers and English cabrioles, languorous chaise longues, and no-nonsense ergonomic task chairs--they're all here. The famous Danish furniture designer Hans Wegner once remarked, "A chair is only finished when someone sits in it." As Rybczynski tells it, the way we choose to sit and what we choose to sit on speak volumes about our values, our tastes, and the things we hold dear.
Categories: Antiques & Collectibles

Now I Sit Me Down

Now I Sit Me Down

And he pairs these stories with his own delightful hand-drawn illustrations: colonial rockers and English cabrioles, languorous chaise longues and no-nonsense ergonomic task chairs—they’re all here.

Author: Witold Rybczynski

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374537038

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 256

View: 384

A grand tour of the chair through the ages by our foremost writer on design Have you ever wondered where rocking chairs came from, or why cheap plastic chairs are suddenly everywhere? In Now I Sit Me Down, the distinguished architect and writer Witold Rybczynski chronicles the history of the chair from the folding stools of pharaonic Egypt to the ubiquitous stackable monobloc chairs of today. He tells the stories of the inventor of the bentwood chair, Michael Thonet, and of the creators of the first molded-plywood chair, Charles and Ray Eames. He reveals the history of chairs to be a social history—of different ways of sitting, of changing manners and attitudes, and of varying tastes. The history of chairs is the history of who we are. We learn how the ancient Chinese switched from sitting on the floor to sitting in a chair, and how the iconic chair of Middle America—the BarcaLounger—traces its roots back to the Bauhaus. Rybczynski weaves a rich tapestry that draws on art and design history, personal experience, and historical accounts. And he pairs these stories with his own delightful hand-drawn illustrations: colonial rockers and English cabrioles, languorous chaise longues and no-nonsense ergonomic task chairs—they’re all here. The famous Danish furniture designer Hans Wegner once remarked, “A chair is only finished when someone sits in it.” As Rybczynski tells it, the way we choose to sit and what we choose to sit on speak volumes about our values, our tastes, and the things we hold dear.
Categories: Antiques & Collectibles

City Life

City Life

In City Life, Witold Rybczynski, bestselling author of Now I Sit Me Down, looks at what we want from cities, how they have evolved, and what accounts for their unique identities.

Author: Witold Rybczynski

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781476737348

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 929

In City Life, Witold Rybczynski, bestselling author of Now I Sit Me Down, looks at what we want from cities, how they have evolved, and what accounts for their unique identities. In this vivid description of everything from the early colonial settlements to the advent of the skyscraper to the changes wrought by the automobile, the telephone, the airplane, and telecommuting, Rybczynski reveals how our urban spaces have been shaped by the landscapes and lifestyles of the New World.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Blades O Bluegrass

Blades O  Bluegrass

And now I'll sit me down upon that broken rock To muse upon the strange and
solemn things Of this mysterious realm . All day my steps Have been amid the
beautiful , the wild , The gloomy , the terrific . Crystal founts , Almost invisible in
their ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:HNMHKT

Category: American literature

Page: 331

View: 662

Categories: American literature

Theatre Organ

Theatre Organ

Recording is good . Jacket notes tell about the artist , the music and the organ .
All proceeds from the sale of this album will be poured back into the Page
maintenance fund . Now I sit me down to work I pray thee Lord , I will not shirk . If I
should ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015057430095

Category: Theater organ

Page:

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Categories: Theater organ

One Good Turn

One Good Turn

One Good Turn is a story starring Archimedes, who invented the water screw and introduced the helix, and Leonardo, who sketched a machine for carving wood screws.

Author: Witold Rybczynski

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743219082

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 185

The Best Tool of the Millennium The seeds of Rybczynski's elegant and illuminating new book were sown by The New York Times, whose editors asked him to write an essay identifying "the best tool of the millennium." The award-winning author of Home, A Clearing in the Distance, and Now I Sit Me Down, Rybczynski once built a house using only hand tools. His intimate knowledge of the toolbox -- both its contents and its history -- serves him beautifully on his quest. One Good Turn is a story starring Archimedes, who invented the water screw and introduced the helix, and Leonardo, who sketched a machine for carving wood screws. It is a story of mechanical discovery and genius that takes readers from ancient Greece to car design in the age of American industry. Rybczynski writes an ode to the screw, without which there would be no telescope, no microscope -- in short, no enlightenment science. One of our finest cultural and architectural historians, Rybczynski renders a graceful, original, and engaging portrait of the tool that changed the course of civilization.
Categories: History

The Works of Charles Reade

The Works of Charles Reade

So now I sit me down in this very chair: so. And sit you there. Now let us, you and
me, look at his room quietly, all over, and see what is wanting. “First and foremost
methinks this window should be filled with geraniums and jessamine and so ...

Author: Charles Reade

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:319510020679624

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Harper s New Monthly Magazine

Harper s New Monthly Magazine

Good luck to ye , Teddy the invalid , and sat down at last , an hour or so dear . ...
An ' sure I've a till , work being over , I can sit me down one side clock now , a rale
Connecticut clock , ye must be of the stove wid her purty face forenenst me ...

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ISBN: BSB:BSB10613806

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Last Harvest

Last Harvest

Traces the creation of a rural Pennsylvania residential subdivision from its planning and building stages to the residencies of its first owners, in an account that offers insight into the years-long process of housing development and how ...

Author: Witold Rybczynski

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743235976

Category: Architecture

Page: 315

View: 596

Traces the creation of a rural Pennsylvania residential subdivision from its planning and building stages to the residencies of its first owners, in an account that offers insight into the years-long process of housing development and how it is related to sprawl and ex-urban growth. By the author of The Perfect House. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Categories: Architecture

The Perfect House

The Perfect House

The award-winning author of A Clearing in the Distance focuses on the designs, constructions, and writings of the Italian Renaissance architect, noting the influence of his works on such structures as the White House.

Author: Witold Rybczynski

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743205871

Category: Architecture

Page: 320

View: 619

The award-winning author of A Clearing in the Distance focuses on the designs, constructions, and writings of the Italian Renaissance architect, noting the influence of his works on such structures as the White House. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Categories: Architecture

Now I Lay Me Down to Eat

Now I Lay Me Down to Eat

Although floorsitters do occasionally sit on chairs , and chairsitters temporarily
relapse into floor - bound postures , they live in near - incompatible worlds ; the
sixteen or so inches ' difference in altitude opens up altogether different ...

Author: Bernard Rudofsky

Publisher: Doubleday

ISBN: UCSC:32106015372771

Category: Social Science

Page: 191

View: 885

A commentary on the instability of ideas and ideals that shape our way of life. Examines five basic functions: eating, sleeping, sitting, cleansing, and bathying.
Categories: Social Science

Silent Rage

Silent Rage

Right now , can you sit me down before a computer ? My laptop was stolen right
out of my backpack when I was renting a car at the airport . ' " Sure . ' Sandy was
taken aback . “ In your mother's office . ' She led the way . Her heart pounding .

Author: Julie Ellis

Publisher: Severn House Pub Limited

ISBN: 0727863401

Category: Fiction

Page: 235

View: 851

When Adrienne Moss, owner & publisher of the Westwood Sentinel, is killed in a road accident, the driver is later found to be Evan Ward, son of Noel Ward, owner of Lincoln Manufacturing. Adrienne has been running for a seat on the local council and fighting to stop Lincoln Manufacturing from outsourcing production to China.
Categories: Fiction

A Hebrew Anthology

A Hebrew Anthology

Hath now to ask ! -I'll sit me down and listen , And through that turbulent din of
clattering steel , And cries of murder'd men , and smouldering houses , And th '
answering trumpets of the Mede and Persian , Summoning their bands to some
new ...

Author: George Alexander Kohut

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951002154732Z

Category: Bible

Page:

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Categories: Bible

The Works of William Shakespeare

The Works of William Shakespeare

Sweet Sir , sit ; I'll be with you anon ; most Into the hands of justice . ” — You did
commit me : sweet Sir , sit . ... Now sit Sil . [ Singing : ] down , now sit down : --
come , cousin . Do me right , Sil . Ah , sirrah ! quoth - a , ---- we shall And dub me
 ...

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433074892476

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Florence Abel Stock Mrs Arthur James Stock I and Her Ancestry

Florence Abel Stock  Mrs  Arthur James Stock I  and Her Ancestry

I now sit me down with a brand new pen and holder , new bottle ink , new
package envelopes , and will proceed to write to a new correspondent . We are
happy indeed to learn that you are so pleasantly situated in your newly married
life .

Author: Harold Thompson Stock

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89062958582

Category:

Page: 242

View: 444

Descendants of Robert Abell (d. 1663) and his wife, Joanna, who left England and arrived at Salem, Ma. on June 12, 1630. He was a son of Frances Cotton Abell. They settled at Weymouth (called "Wessagusset" until 1635), which is in present day Norfork Co., Ma. They had seven children, oldest born in England. Robert Abell died at Rehoboth, Massachusetts in 1663. His widow married William Hyde (d. 1681) in 1667. Joanna Abell died after 1682 and is probably buried in Nor- wich, Connecticut. Descendants live in Massachusetts, Ohio and elsewhere.
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Executive Director of the Sierra Club 1987 1992

Executive Director of the Sierra Club  1987 1992

Every first came , I remember Denny sitting me down and saying , " Now when
you get your budget , the first crack at it you ' re going to have a big gap between
your projected revenues and your projected expenses . And the first thing ...

Author: Michael Ludwig Fischer

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105024909850

Category: Arctic regions

Page: 191

View: 209

Michael Fischer discusses his family and childhood; his work with the California Coastal Commission and with Governor Jerry Brown's Office of Planning and Research, 1973-1985; managing the Sierra Club as Director, finances and fund-raising, the Arctic, the California Desert, relations with Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, lobbying in Washington, D.C., and fostering local Sierra Club groups and chapters.
Categories: Arctic regions

A Grammar of the English Language

A Grammar of the English Language

Even now , where Alpine solitudes ascend , I sit me down a pensive hour to
spend . ” — Goldsmith . « For him through hostile camps I bend my way , For him
thus prostrate at thy feet I lay . ” — Pope . REM . 10 . - A verb in the infinitive is
often ...

Author: William Harvey Wells

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015005734614

Category: English language

Page: 220

View: 716

Categories: English language

The Plays of Shakespeare

The Plays of Shakespeare

Brother , give me thy hand ; — and , gentle So is the equal poise of this fell war .
Warwick , Here on this molehill will I sit me down . Let me embrace thee in my
weary arms : To whom God will , there be the victory ! I , that did never weep ,
now ...

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:400444816

Category:

Page: 40

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Makeshift Metropolis

Makeshift Metropolis

In this new work, prizewinning author, professor, and Slate architecture critic Witold Rybczynski returns to the territory he knows best: writing about the way people live, just as he did in the acclaimed bestsellers Home and A Clearing in ...

Author: Witold Rybczynski

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416561293

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 187

In this new work, prizewinning author, professor, and Slate architecture critic Witold Rybczynski returns to the territory he knows best: writing about the way people live, just as he did in the acclaimed bestsellers Home and A Clearing in the Distance. In Makeshift Metropolis, Rybczynski has drawn upon a lifetime of observing cities to craft a concise and insightful book that is at once an intellectual history and a masterful critique. Makeshift Metropolis describes how current ideas about urban planning evolved from the movements that defined the twentieth century, such as City Beautiful, the Garden City, and the seminal ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright and Jane Jacobs. If the twentieth century was the age of planning, we now find ourselves in the age of the market, Rybczynski argues, where entrepreneurial developers are shaping the twenty-first-century city with mixed-use developments, downtown living, heterogeneity, density, and liveliness. He introduces readers to projects like Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Yards in Washington, D.C., and, further afield, to the new city of Modi’in, Israel—sites that, in this age of resource scarcity, economic turmoil, and changing human demands, challenge our notion of the city. Erudite and immensely engaging, Makeshift Metropolis is an affirmation of Rybczynski’s role as one of our most original thinkers on the way we live today.
Categories: Social Science