Our homes are beset by conflicting demands. Interior spaces must provide a sense both of community and of personal well-being; they must be places where we can invite the world in, and where we can shut the world out. In other words, they must serve needs both public and private. In his 1953 book, The House and the Art of Its Design, Robert Woods Kennedy points out that design has made fewer and fewer provisions for conventional privacy, citing the example of Le Corbusier’s bedroom, which contained a toilet, tub and bidet. Kennedy asks, “Where does too little privacy begin to have bad effects on the individual and the family’s self-esteem?… When the individual is not able to withdraw without undue manipulation of architectural gadgetry; without apology; and when, This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-One Buy Now Related Stories Interiors Issue 50 Cult Rooms A modernist with the Midas touch. Interiors Issue 48 Gil Schafer Inside the all-American family home. Interiors Issue 47 Home Tour: Vill’Alcina For nearly 50 years, architect Sergio Fernandez has found political purpose and refuge at his vacation home. Interiors Issue 46 Seaside Studios A potter’s portfolio on a quiet peninsula. Interiors Issue 41 A Home in Arles François Halard built his reputation on photographing other people’s homes. Now, he’s turned the lens on his own interior. Interiors Issue 39 Hôtel Martel A visit to the Parisian cul-de-sac where the legacy of Robert Mallet-Stevens lives on.