Kinfolk’s contributing editor Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen is co-founder of Copenhagen-based architecture and design firm Norm Architects. Usually tasked with providing aesthetic counsel to an impressive list of clients, here he offers some friendly guidance to his younger self. What piece of advice would you give a younger version of yourself? I would love to go back in time and tell myself not to be so insecure and shy, to care less about what others think of me. I’d tell myself to act more freely and throw away all the inhibitions that I had. There are very few things in life that I regret, and I’ve always pursued my dreams. But looking back, there were so many This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Five Buy Now Related Stories Design Issue 19 David Rager David Rager, co-founder of design firm Weekends, shares his tale of LA and Paris and how he makes time for life’s little distractions. Design Issue 19 A Day in the Life: Frida Escobedo With her own firm and scores of global projects in her inventive portfolio, this architect is transforming Mexico City, one artful building at a time. Interiors Issue 19 Prankster’s Paradise Is the nine-to-five grind approaching monotony? Arrive at the office early to even the playing field and invoke mirth for your co-workers. Design Issue 19 In Anxious Anticipation The effects of adrenaline are positively pulse-pounding, but the physical whoosh we feel in our bodies actually starts in our brains. Design Issue 18 Happiness by Design Think more like designers: The strategies employed to create a perfectly proportioned bookshelf can also be used to enhance our personal well-being. Design Issue 18 Sense in Symmetry From radial swirls to mirror images, the natural world often shows that there’s beauty in balance.