Maison et Objet 2018: Let’s find out all the reasons why Cecilie Manz is the designer of the year!
Yes, it’s true… The most awaited interior design event of the year is coming. Maison et Objet 2018 is fast approaching and we are already trying to get to know all that is going to happen. For now, all we know is that Cecilie Manz will be receiving the title of Designer of the Year at Maison et Objet January and we couldn’t be more thrilled to know that! So, today we are going to tell you everything you need to know about the unique Danish designer.
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Cecilie Manz: A Versatile Designer
Cecilie Manz since she was young that has been in contact why art, due to her parents’ ceramicist studio. In 1977 she earned a diploma in object and furniture design from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and in the very next year, she founded her own studio in Copenhagen after she further her education at the Universtiy of Art and Design in Helsinki.
The Danish designer told Maison et Objet that “the balance she maintains between civilization and nature is vital to her creative process.” When asked about the biggest highlight of her career, Cecilie Manz admits that it was the ceremony for the Crown Prince Couple’s Culture Award she won in 2014, presented to her by the Prince and Princess of Denmark. Cecilie Manz is, without any doubt, one of the major figures of Scandinavian design.
“My work goes from the inside out, and a project has to possess a sound, strong and relevant idea or functional justification before I address the actual physical design. My work has always revolved around simplicity, the process of working toward a pure, aesthetic and narrative object.”
An Advocate of Warm Minimalism
Cecilie Manz designs furniture, glass, lamps and industrial products, mainly for the home. Her experimental prototypes and more sculptural one-offs make up also play an important part of her work.
The Ladder was her first project that was quickly picked up for production by Nils Holger Moormann.
“A few ‘imperfections’ added and the ladder offers you a seat.”
Caravaggio lamp ( 2005, with Lightyears) has also jumpstarted her career. The light emitted from the lamp is guided by a top piece, which adds the finishing touch to the lamp’s minimalist expression. Despite not being a best seller, it is certainly a long seller that has marked the work of the designer.
Cecilie Manz has also worked on various projects such as sofa throws, a minibar for a Wallpaper* show, a series of wooden armchairs, a collection of dining tables and chairs for Fritz Hansen, glass vases, and several models of portable speakers for B&O Play.
“More than a style, the Scandinavian approach she defends, should reflect the actual lifestyle of these countries.”
Cecilie Manz is constantly innovating and she will be presenting the latest results of her work at Maison et Objet in January 2018. With new designs and existing products, you really can’t miss her warm and welcoming stand.
Stay tuned for more Maison et Objet news! Don’t forget to attend this dazzling furniture fair from January 19-23, 2018.
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