Growing up during the British Raj, Tarun was exposed to colonial architecture and drew on some of the style’s key hallmarks for the home – although he does say wryly that he prefers not to call his own home “colonial inspired”.
That said, he agrees that the British homes built then had a certain flow that made them suitable for the hot Indian climate. “These houses were built with high ceilings, they had courtyards, were cooler and were built cleverly as there was no air conditioning back then,” said Tarun.
His own house, though, has many more glass windows compared to traditional British ones as he “wanted to feel the gardens inside”, he added.
For the interiors, Tarun drew on many of the same elements that inspire his design direction, including India’s rich heritage of artisanal craftsmanship, antiques, art and sumptuous textiles.
“I’ve always associated beautiful homes with a lot of art. I love the colours, I love the textures. It transports you and it’s got somebody’s soul in it,” he said. “As I got into fashion, I went to parts of India that I had never dreamt that I would go to. My whole idea of beauty changed and I began to understand why as Indians we did things in a certain way. My eye began to change both for pattern, for colour and for texture.”