Interior Designer Annabell Kutucu was responsible for some of our favourite hotels and homes in 2016, so it’s no surprise we were eager to devour more of her work, and in one of our favourite European cities no less.
In line with Berlin’s status as a magnet for artists and creative culture, this apartment is also a home studio, but the space is a far cry from the garage office. A sleek style elevates the home’s raw edges to a refined, effortless cool.
Kutucu is an expert when it comes to balancing a home’s individual personality with an earthy, raw sensibility, as shown in her Traveller’s Home project. Here, she strips back the apartment’s existing aesthetic to focus on the good stuff: bare brick walls, ceiling beams and sprawling windows. The colour palette is a staunch monochrome, the light mostly natural with a couple of well-placed down lights to create a warm night-time glow. Herringbone timber floors and black tiles define the living and kitchen space, while the bedroom is softened with a plush charcoal carpet.
These may seem like simple design choices, but used effectively they evoke a familiarity, an inviting style that is stylish nonetheless. With its enormous windows, bare walls and white bricks the living room could feel hollow, but the layered rugs, sprawling couch and bookshelves add personality. The open plan design leads nicely to the kitchen, where the dark tones and modern appliances are softened by earthy crockery and another generous window.
The studio component of the home has been integrated as seperate spaces to create, from the grand piano tucked around the corner of the living room to the seperate music room, where keyboards and synths are each given prime position to pick and choose from. It doesn’t feel like a home where the work and play are segmented, more like different spaces to create. And at the end of the day, there’s a gorgeous light-filled bedroom waiting – could we ask for anything more?
While this apartment has significant cool factor, it never feels untouchable – put that down to the unpretentious design and materials that let the building’s views and structure do the talking. As Kutucu has already demonstrated with the Traveller’s Home, doing more with less is an opportunity to focus on what makes a home truly unique.