No Ordinary Apartment by Annabell Kutucu

  • Berlin-based interior designer Annabell Kutucu is responsible for making up our list of luxurious stays in the warmer corners of the world. From a Mexican treehouse to a Mykonos gem or a relaxed Rhodes resort, Annabell Kutucu’s work is our go-to for elegant and exotic getaway spots. For this ‘well-travelled design aficionado’ living in the 6th district of Vienna, they are fortunate enough to have more than just a taste of her earthy and refined aesthetic without leaving their 300sqm apartment.

    DESIGN Annabell Kutucu | PHOTOGRAPHY Claus Brechenmacher 

    Effortless cool abounds in Annabell Kutucu’s work.  So who better take on an apartment in Vienna’s hip and happening 6th district? The 6th district is where the young and creative gather, outlined by the Vienna river and the largest shopping street in town. One of the smallest neighbourhoods in Vienna, it’s a bustling compilation of heritage buildings, hidden eateries and hipster boutiques.

    Just as the vibe of the apartment’s locale, Annabell Kutucu has created plenty of places for sitting and storytelling. The open-plan living, kitchen and dining space is alive with light and designed for friends to ‘come together for long dinners and endless talks’. High ceilings and large preserved windows create a welcoming spaciousness and flow throughout the apartment, intercepted by wooden sliding doors that divide the apartment in two units.

    Previously Annabell Kutucu designed the ideal abode for a ‘modern wayfarer’ to return to; embarking on a very similar quest for the No Ordinary Apartment. Entering the home, your eyes are drawn to the found objects on display — encouraging storage, but not the shove away kind. It’s as if walking into a curated museum, capturing the beauty and history of collectables from travel, without cluttering the shared space. The home’s aura of old-worldliness is also tapped into with a selection of mid-century finds and more recent, iconic furnishings. 

    Leaning on a natural palette, everything about the apartment feels comfortably well-worn and lived-in. Polished concrete floors, mineral-painted cement walls and thatched rugs are the rustic foundations for a textural feast. These elements assume the character and charm of the heritage building, finding harmony among a mixture of wood, leather and natural linen. Deep browns and blacks are a dramatic point of contrast, creating a striking mood in the bathroom.

    The name says it all — this is no ordinary apartment by any means. Annabell Kutucu has uncovered the soul of an old structure and combined it with several stories from a traveller’s explorations. The No Ordinary Apartment is the perfect composition of custom-made interiors; raw around the edges and far from stark.


    For a soulful abode, combine quality, warm and well-worn design elements.

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