The first owner of this apartment (built in 1965) was Elsa Engel-Mainfelden (1906-1984). This artist and designer was a student of Josef Hoffmann and a member of the Austrian Werkbund. As a close collaborator of Josef Frank, she designed the poster of the 1929 „Werkbund“ exhibition as well as the cover of the 1932 “Werkbund” catalogue.
In 1960, Elsa Engel-Mainfelden signed a purchase contract for this apartment. She commissioned the interior design to Otto Niedermoser, whom she had first met during the works of the legendary „Werkbund-Siedlung” in the 1930s.
Draft for a textile design by Elsa Engel-Mainfelden, 1930s
Elsa Engel-Mainfelden on the balcony of the apartment, late 1960s
Draft for a textile design by Elsa Engel-Mainfelden, 1950s
Elsa Engel-Mainfelden in the library (then without the lower part of the bookcase, which was added in the 1980s), late 1960s
Textile design by Elsa Engel-Mainfelden, 1960s
Elsa Engel-Mainfelden with her dog, 1980s