Behind the entrance door of an unassuming terraced home in south London lies the inspiring legacy of an unusual man.
The interiors are lined in intricate picket carvings bearing Islamic, African and English influences, and produced solely by hand by the constructing’s former proprietor – the author and civil servant, Khadambi Asalache.
Born in Kenya, the son of a chief, Asalache studied structure in Nairobi, and artwork in Rome, Geneva and Vienna. He produced poetry and novels, and – after a spell with BBC Africa – took a job on the Treasury in London. In 1981, he moved right into a dilapidated home at 575 Wandsworth Street.
Confronted with a moist patch that resisted remedy, he opted to cowl it as an alternative, producing the primary of his picket carvings. Twenty years later, he was nonetheless at work.
The home has simply grow to be London’s latest museum, managed by the conservation charity, the Nationwide Belief. “I believe the home actually stands for the ability of human endeavour, and for what will be created with time and dedication and love,” the Belief’s Laura Hussey instructed the BBC’s Newsday programme.
The uncooked materials for the carvings was usually salvaged from garbage dumps. Asalache used a fretsaw to provide new life to discarded doorways and bins.
Inside the home are souvenirs from Asalache’s overseas travels…
… and recollections of journeys nearer to house, to the theatre.
There’s even a group of English pottery.
Asalache died in 2006. He left his home to the Nationwide Belief however left no clarification of his motives as an artist. And so behind the extraordinary exterior of 575 Wandsworth Street…
… the extraordinary world of Khadambi Asalache lives on, awaiting interpretation.
Footage provided by the Nationwide Belief and by Janet Ball.