MY SPACE: IDRIS KHAN and ANNIE MORRIS
Elle India|March 2020
The artists meet Radhika Sanghani to discuss their love for bold colours, vintage memoirs and Indian fabrics
Radhika Sanghani
Walking into Idris Khan and Annie Morris’ London home is like walking into a museum of their life. The Islington townhouse, which was originally a 1760s Georgian terrace home, is filled with both artists’ work, fabrics they’ve picked up on their travels, sculptures and paintings that they have been gifted by fellow artists—and a whole lot of colour.

“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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