Embrace Modern Minimalism With the Innovative “Box in the Box” Apartment

Designer Mateusz Jóźwiak, of Photon Studio, became his own client when designing the Box in the Box Apartment for himself and partner in Poznań, Poland. The finished apartment showcases a perfect blend of spaciousness, functionality, and natural materials, all centered around a clever, light-colored birch plywood structure.

view of modern living room with light wood box structure within an apartment holding shelves of books and TV opposite a light grey sectional sofa

From the start of the project, Jóźwiak’s vision was to create a utilitarian yet visually striking space that began by removing most of the original walls. Light-colored birch plywood now forms individual rooms and brings the “box in a box” concept to life. Cleverly hidden storage cabinets leave the bedroom and office area uncluttered, helping to exude the feeling of spaciousness and tranquility.

angled up view of light wood shelf with pegs holding shelves holding books

The open living room benefits from the box with peg shelves that display their books, and lower cabinets that hold their electronic devices. In contrast, the private area of the apartment is housed within the monolithic and inverted structure for privacy.

angled corner view of modern living room in apartment with wood wall with peg shelves holding books

angled living room view in modern apartment with light grey modular sofa

The combined dining area and living room, with its understated elegance, features a round wooden table and chairs that create an inviting place to dine, while a comfortable sofa encourages relaxation. A reinforced concrete ceiling, holding up black track lighting, mirrors the polished concrete floors for a touch of an industrial modern aesthetic.

angled view of mirror reflection looking at wall book shelf and hallway of apartment

view of light wood box structure within an apartment holding shelves of books and TV

partial view of open layout in modern apartment showing part of modular grey sofa, round dining table and chairs, and white kitchen

A mostly subdued and monochromatic palette, from sand greys in the concrete to the natural tones of the wood, infuse a timeless feel. The occasional burst of color shows up in the accessories, books, and plants.

view into minimalist white kitchen in modern apartment with small wood dining set

partial view of modern minimalist white kitchen in apartment

view down hallway of modern apartment with wood box structure on right with peg shelves holding books

angled view in hallway looking into wood box structure housing minimalist bedroom in apartment

view in hallway looking into wood box structure housing minimalist bedroom in apartment

partial view of bed in modern bedroom with wood wall behind and two colored nightstands

side view of modern minimalist bedroom with light wood walls

partial view of home office room

partial view of modern home office room

small modern minimalist bathroom

small modern minimalist bathroom

angled view of man standing in modern minimalist kitchen

Designer Mateusz Jóźwiak

Photography by Hanna Połczyńska Kroniki Studio.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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