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Taran Wilkhu

For photographer Taran Wilkhu, home is both a quiet retreat from the outside world and a connection with nature and community. His timber framed, cabin-style home is a slice of design history, a place full of light and natural materials where family can come together and enjoy the present moment.

Tell us about a moment of everyday life at home that brings you pure joy.

I enjoy the role of being the main cook at home so I would have to say it’s the dining table which brings me the most joy in everyday life. I love rustling up weekday suppers with fresh products almost every evening. All screens are off !! So it’s all about the catch up conversations we have with the kids. Let’s see how long this lasts, hey?

Many of us have spent more time at home than ever before over the last two years. How has your relationship to home changed in recent times?

Without a shadow of doubt, we truly appreciate our family home more than ever during lockdown. I live in a self-built timber framed Walter Segal home and we were lucky to have completed our extension just prior to the first lockdown which allowed us to create our studio workspace and bring in even more light into our home. I believe that light and nature are sources of life, so one of the easiest ways to improve the flow of positive energy throughout your home is by finding ways to let in more light.

How do you decide which objects make their way into your home?

Aesthetics, distinctly knowing where it will fit in my home. Materials, shape, texture, practical use and colour are all of super importance. I would have to say that house plants have truly become a feature of our home in recent times, not only do they purify the air and amplify the sense of well-being but also help rid of everyday stresses and boost positive vibes.

Where have you found inspiration recently? 

The Design District in Greenwich Peninsula, it’s one of London’s coolest new creative destinations and I believe is one set to make waves in the industry. Having been commissioned to document its development (pre-pandemic) right up until its recent launch has been a real source of inspiration and hope for the future.

How would you describe your interior aesthetic?

It’s honest... a mix of mid-century and calm tones with touches of bright colour. Texture and calm materiality are really important as they help conjure a sophisticated yet homely environment which is both airy and intimate.

Tell us about your favourite corner of your home?

There’s a sweet spot in the corner of the living room with a vintage Scandi mid-century chair which sits under a stunning porcelain piece of artwork by Ula Saniawa of Unit 89. It overlooks our garden and as we are at the top of the hill has great views across our leafy neighbourhood. Oh and the golden hour light it catches is so powerful -  it often feels like a slice of holiday in the home.

The book you want to pass on to everyone you know:

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla. With its series of twenty one short essays, it really helps to create a much-needed space of open and unflinching dialogue about race and racism in the UK.

Proudest moment of your career so far:

That’s a difficult one. I guess to have recently been invited to be on a judging panel of an international photography competition. Oh! And watch this space as I have a new book about to drop this spring with Hoxton Mini Press which I’m pretty excited about!

Most creative time of the day:

Once I’ve had my first coffee of the day!

Person you'd most like to do a house swap with:

The Kaufmann House, Palm Springs California by architect Richard Neutra. If you don’t know it.. It’s the one which was immortalized in Slim Aaron’s ‘Poolside Gossip’ photo as the epitome of midcentury glamour in 1970.

Most treasured piece of furniture:

It has to be our mustard-coloured mid-century leather swivel armchair. It’s a bit bruised and battered over the years now, but I can't imagine our home without it. It’s so comfy!

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