“People wouldn’t describe me as smiley exactly,” Janina Pedan admits with a small, self-deprecating laugh. The Ukrainian-born set designer, renowned for the hauntingly beautiful visual feasts she masterminds for style bibles like Dazed and Confused and AnOther Magazine, is a carefully considered voice in an industry often dominated by caricature-like personalities. Just don’t expect her to make small talk. “I think people find me nice, but I’m not the most sociable person on set,” she adds. Janina’s cool head has proved an inestimable asset. Born in 1984 in the Soviet Union, she moved to London in her early 20s to study fine art at Goldsmiths, University of London, after which she briefly pursued a career in the art world. It was an experience that she would later find invaluable when navigating the egos of the fashion world. “My experience in the art world shaped me, ” she says, noting the paradoxical melting pot that meshed This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Two Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Food Issue 19 My Kitchen Table: Dominique Crenn French-born chef Dominique Crenn knows how to keep a level head and relishes the nights when she gets to cook to her own soundtrack. Food Issue 19 Recipe: Chamomile Cookies When your day is filled with too much excitement, taking time to sit quietly with these calming morsels and a cup of tea could be just the antidote.