05 Jan

Cecilie Manz, Designer of the Year

With every new edition, MAISON&OBJET PARIS elects a Designer of the Year to honour one of the most outstanding names in industrial and interior design worldwide. In January 2018, MAISON&OBJET PARIS has chosen to celebrate the talent of Danish designer Cecilie Manz.

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A scandinavian woman
As a child, Cecilie Manz remembers she would always slip away to the studio her ceramicist parents kept in their house to sink her hands into the clay...After earning a diploma in object and furniture design from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1997, Cecilie Manz moved to Finland to further her education at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. The very next year, she founded her own studio in the heart of Copenhagen. Even though she needs the vibrant feel of the city to feed her creativity, she is still happy to commute back to her suburban home and garden every evening to reconnect with the elements.

 

 

«The balance she maintains between civilisation and nature is vital to her creative process. »

Not unlike other Danish designers, the balance she maintains between civilisation and nature is vital to her creative process. Much in the same way that her lifestyle and relationships with family members contribute to fuelling her inspiration. Now in her 40s, the elegant Dane readily admits that the ceremony for the Crown Prince Couple’s Culture Award she won in 2014, presented to her by the Prince and Princess of Denmark themselves, was certainly one of the highpoints of her career. A career that spans twenty years as she patiently honed her skills to emerge today as one of the major figures of Scandinavian design.

 

A versatile Designer

Her first project, entitled The Ladder – a ladder bookshelf that doubles as a chair –, was quickly picked up for production by Nils Holger Moormann, after the German designer spotted the prototype in an interior design magazine. The other project that jumpstarted her career was the Caravaggio lamp (2005, with Lightyears). Not only a bestseller but also a longseller! Heeding the call to experiment, Cecilie Manz has worked on such diverse projects as sofa throws, a minibar for Wallpaper*, a series of wooden armchairs, a collection of dining tables and chairs for Fritz Hansen, glass vases, and four models of portable speakers for B&O Play – the more affordable brand recently launched by fellow Danes Bang & Olufsen, with which she has been collaborating since 2014. Despite her taste for experimenting with new materials and exploring original functions, whenever she sits down at her drawing board, the process is invariable. Every new design starts with countless sketches, before she asks to visit the production line, so she can refine the drawing to match the techniques used in each particular factory. Driven by her passion for industrial design, Cecilie Manz flew all the way to Japan this autumn to collaborate with Moku, a wooden furniture brand exclusive to the Japanese market.

Download the PR File here to learn more about Cecilie Manz career and vision's of design. 

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JAN. 19-23 2018
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