When the Irish-born artist Francis Bacon settled in London in the late 1920s, he was known not as a painter but as an interior designer. The Studio magazine described the 20-year-old transplant as “a young English decorator who has worked in Paris and in Germany for some years and is now established in London.” An accompanying photo spread featured designs that exuded the clean, minimalist style that was popular at the time and which would become a recurring motif throughout This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 48 Jordan Casteel The acclaimed painter of people—and now plants. Arts & Culture Issue 48 Peer Review Artist William Cobbing on painter, publisher—and family friend—Franciszka Themerson. Arts & Culture Design Issue 45 The New Craftsmen From the Outer Hebrides to central London, Catherine Lock is celebrating the crafts heritage of Great Britain. Arts & Culture Issue 29 Anh Duong A portrait of the painter in her West Village studio. Arts & Culture The Wave: Beyond Hokusai The Great Wave, created by Katsushika Hokusai in 1831, remains the most iconic—and reproduced—non-Western image in art. Arts & Culture Giacometti At Tate Modern, a new exhibition exploring the distinctive works of sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti.