Salem Charabi smiles a lot. He smiles as he greets you, he smiles when asked a question and he smiles when answering. While doing so, he exposes a charming gap between his front teeth and makes grand hand gestures to illustrate his words. Here, the architect-cum-designer discusses utopian architecture, running your own studio and infusing a bit of where you’re from—in Charabi’s case, Egypt and Denmark—into the things that you create. When did you learn that you wanted to become an architect? I’ve always had a curiosity toward spaces and how they can make you feel a certain way. There’s a saying that you forget what people look like and you forget what people say but you never forget how they made you feel. Becoming an architect has been a search to both understand and ultimately provoke that type of spatial experience. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-One Buy Now Related Stories Design Interiors Issue 49 Mimi Shodeinde An audience with the architect. Design Issue 48 Studio Visit: Anupama Kundoo The Berlin-based architect knows what the city of the future should look like. In fact, she’s already built it. Design Issue 48 The Aalto Boat The Finnish architect was a visionary completest—and an amateur boatman. Design Partnerships Issue 48 Delayed Gratification In partnership with Fritz Hansen, Kinfolk unearths the long history of a new classic. Design Interiors Issue 43 Vincent Van Duysen At home with the cult architect. Arts & Culture Design Issue 36 Alexis Sablone Not many architects skate for their country, and not many skateboarders design the parks they skate in.