In "A Room of One's Own," Virginia Woolf brilliantly laments the unknown women writers who could have contributed to literary history — if only they possessed a space of their own in which to write. Inspired by the essay, the Swedish Institute in Paris partnered with The National Property Board of Sweden and furniture company DUX to create an apartment for writers to work in for short stays.
Paris-based architectural firm Septembre was brought in to guide the renovation of the 270-square-foot home, situated in a Marais mansion. The team took inspiration from other female creators including the artist Leonor Fini (a former resident of the building) and 20th century poet and modernist painter Greta Knutson. A work of Knutson's — a painting of a table in front of a window — guided the mood of the space.