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A Modern Cabin for Uninterrupted Relaxation + Creativity

Dominik Ilichman and Adam Hofman recognized the need for a sanctuary that could free people from the daily barrage of notifications, the hum of digital noise, and the incessant urge to check our phones. In response, they crafted a modern cabin where the noise of the outside world disappears, and a sense of tranquility takes over in the Czech Republic’s Lípa nad Dřevnicí. The place is the Hytta cabin, a modern oasis designed to help you find uninterrupted time for creativity, reflection, and relaxation.

At its core, Hytta is a celebration of Scandinavian minimalism. The philosophy? Minimalism fosters maximum focus and creativity. Inside, every element serves a purpose, eliminating any potential distractions. Yet, they’ve ensured that the modern comforts are still present, so you can work, think, and relax without compromise.

night view of modern wood cabin in woods with red lights shining on surrounding trees

The Hytta cabin sits on a south-facing slope next to a pine forest, a deliberate move that shields it from the disturbances of civilization. The design, inspired by a former hunting cabin, creates a blend of rustic charm and modern innovation.

closeup partial night view of modern wood cabin in woods with red lights shining on surrounding trees

closeup view of modern wood cabin's exterior looking through black square window into interior

dark and moody interior shot of modern cabin with minimalist furnishings

The ground floor includes an open living area with an integrated kitchen, a foyer, a bathroom, a utility room, and an outdoor bathroom for a direct connection to nature. The cabin’s high gable roof in the main living space provides ample room to explore one’s creativity. The bedroom, with a large window facing east, allows witness to the morning sun from the comforts of bed.

dark and moody interior shot of modern cabin with minimalist furnishings

Hytta is heated primarily by a cast-iron, wood-burning stove with underfloor heating adding backup to ensure the cabin is always cozy and comfortable.

view in the rafters of a pitched roof of a modern cabin

Two cozy nooks, one accessible from the bedroom and a second one above the main living area, offer additional sleeping areas, making Hytta perfect for accommodating up to six people. A large oak dining table doubles as a workspace, and technical facilities, like a computer monitor, are seamlessly integrated into storage cabinets. High-speed internet ensures connection when needed, and biodynamic lighting promotes healthy sleep by avoiding the emission of disruptive blue light after dark.

looking down from the second floor through to modern dining room below

interior shot of minimalist home with light wood ceiling and bookshelves

interior shot of modern living space with light wood open ceiling and minimalist furnishings with light flooding in

interior shot of modern living space with light wood open ceiling and minimalist furnishings with light flooding in

The walls and ceiling are clad in spruce offering a warm, cozy backdrop to the black accents and neutral furnishings.

interior view from modern small black kitchen to rest of open living room with light wood ceilings

modern black kitchen with light wood details

view into modern black kitchen with light wood ceiling and simple staircase behind

A bent sheet metal staircase in the kitchen is suspended by cables as it rises to the main bedroom.

view into modern black kitchen with light wood ceiling and simple staircase behind

dark gray black modern bathroom

minimalist bedroom with light wood walls and ceiling with branches hanging from ceiling

angled view of minimalist bedroom with light wood walls looking out through window

daytime exterior shot of modern wood cabin with a deck

daytime exterior shot of modern wood cabin with a deck

angled daytime shot of exterior of simple wood house

daytime shot of exterior of simple wood house

closeup shot of exterior of simple wood house

daytime shot of exterior of simple wood house

angled exterior shot of modern bathroom sauna

A short walk away from the cabin, a modern Finnish sauna with a cold immersion tub awaits. The structure, with its deep charred-timber clad facade, almost blends with the surrounding nature. The sauna offers a perfect spot to unwind while taking in the unobstructed views of the forest. The relaxation area, shower, and sauna are thoughtfully designed to provide a serene escape outside the cabin.

exterior shot of modern bathroom sauna in woods

exterior shot of modern bathroom sauna in woods

view from minimalist sauna and bathroom in woods

two men standing at angle towards each other with arms crossed looking at camera through window

Adam Hofman and Dominik Ilichman

Want to escape your own hectic world for a bit? Luckily, the Hytta cabin is available to rent. More information here.

Photography by Studio Flusser and Julius Filip.

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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