The modernist designer Charlotte Perriand astounded critics when, just two years out of school, she exhibited a cramped interior entitled “Bar Beneath the Roof” at the annual fall exposition of interior design in Paris. It was a tiny room, lit by a single window under a low sloped ceiling. A nickel-plated bar and stools on one side balanced a built-in phonograph and leather couch on the other. This was 1927, a time when young professionals like Perriand struggled to find decent housing in Paris. Yet virtually every other designer exhibiting in the show competed to outdo each other with grand rooms, exquisite finishes, lavish furniture and costly textiles. Art deco was in full swing, and Perriand was announcing a challenge—sowing “fruitful unease” among her co-exhibitors, as one critic put it. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fifty Buy Now Related Stories Design Interiors Issue 51 Axel Vervoordt Inside the world of Axel Vervoordt. Arts & Culture Interiors Issue 50 Gabriel Escámez A sea of tranquil designs inspired by the Mediterranean coastline. Design Interiors Issue 49 Mimi Shodeinde An audience with the architect. Design Interiors Issue 48 At Work With: Studio Utte A visit to the small, sophisticated Milanese studio of Patrizio Gola & Guglielmo Giagnotti. Interiors Issue 48 Last Night What did interior designer Beata Heuman do with her evening? Interiors Issue 47 Home Tour: Vill’Alcina For nearly 50 years, architect Sergio Fernandez has found political purpose and refuge at his vacation home.