“I’d call it eclectic,” says Morris, rearranging oversized jars in her bright yellow kitchen. “I like things not too clean, not too tidy. Everything almost has a memory to it.” Khan nods, and adds, “Some houses are stripped back to nothingness. This is just… everything.” The couple, who have been together since 2007, live in their four-floor home with their children Maude, 7, and Jago, 6. They invite me in for a tour and cup of tea, to talk about everything, from what influences their art, to their shared love of Indian fabrics, and how spending 24 hours a day together makes their marriage thrive.
Radhika Sanghani: So tell me about the house. What made you buy it?
Annie Morris: We always loved this street. We saw a ‘for sale’ board outside, and just went for it.
Idris Khan: We were lucky though because the old owner had left the beautiful woodwork without painting it. It’s actually a listed grade II property. We loved the rawness and life of the house.
RS: I can see your artwork all over the house, with Idris’ layered monochrome photographs, and Annie’s vibrant stack sculptures. Is that important for you both to display your own work?
AM: It’s really nice to have things from different times. We have a lot of Idris’ art from his degree show here in the living room, which I love. Those flowers are on an old sculpture of his—it’s one element from Seven Times, which was on at the British Museum.
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