For Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar, it’s living amongst objects that tell stories. Contemporary art, family photographs and curios loaded with personal memories transform the clean lines of their duplex apartment in Mumbai into a private haven—a lush sanctuary amidst the urban chaos. In every home that she’s lived in since there’s been a mango tree. The sea-facing duplex apartment she now shares with her movie star husband Akshay Kumar, 12-year-old son Aarav, two-year-old daughter Nitara and a mild-mannered German Shepherd Cleo, has one too.
The entire house, done by Khanna right from drafting the architectural plans to picking the Paola Navone ceramic stools, is brimming with family photographs and mementos—artefacts collected on trips (such as a Mother Mary and Baby Jesus sculpture that Kumar spotted at a store window while holidaying in Spain) or gifts to each other (Khanna gifted Kumar a painting titled Indian James Bond for his 40th birthday).