Cecilie Manz is Chosen as Maison et Objet 2018 Designer of the Year — Not unlike other Danish designers, the balance she maintains between civilization and nature is vital to her creative process. 

*Written by Ricardo Pereira

As usual, every new edition, Maison et Objet Paris elects a Designer of the Year to honor one of the most outstanding names in industrial and interior design worldwide. For the next edition, in January 2018, the famous design event has chosen to celebrate the talent of . A career that spans 20 years as she patiently honed her skills to emerge today as one of the major figures of Scandinavian design.

Behold, because Designers is about to tell everything you need to know about the Maison et Objet 2018 award!


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A SCANDINAVIAN WOMAN

As a child, 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.

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Cecilie Manz 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.

Not unlike other Danish designers, the balance she maintains between civilization and nature is vital to her creative process. “More than a style, the Scandinavian approach she defends, should reflect the actual lifestyle of these countries”.

A VERSATILE DESIGNER

Heeding the call to experiment, Cecilie Manz has worked on such diverse projects as sofa throws, , 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 – the more affordable brand recently launched by fellow Danes Bang & Olufsen, she has been collaborating with since 2014.

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The minibar has an irresistible appeal that’s based on its tempting contents rather than its good looks.

This autumn, Cecilie often flew out to Japan, firstly to collaborate with a Japanese company called Actus on a project named Moku and also to be the co-curator of the exhibition “Everyday Life – Signs Of Awareness” at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the relationship between Japan and Danemark.

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The Ladder / Nils Holger Moormann ©Erik Brahl — Luv / Duravit ©Duravit

AN ADVOCATE OF WARM MINIMALISM

More than a style, the Scandinavian approach she defends “should reflect the actual lifestyle of these countries”. In her work, this is often achieved through subtle play on shades of grey associated with brighter colors.

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Workshop Chair / Muuto ©tualahjarno

Color is a fundamental element in her creative process and she always develops a specific palette in the earliest stages of each project, because it is a way to assert the product’s identity.

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Moku – Series of furniture in solid Japanese beech.
Chair, bench, table for everyday life. With or without upholstery, lacquered or natural finish.
Actus / Nissin Mokkou Japan
2016

 

Her Scandinavian heritage is also self-evident in her effort to strip her creations of any superfluous element, focusing on the essential, oblivious to the fact that her ceaseless pursuit of uncluttered lines presents a new challenge every time.

AT MAISON & OBJET

This autumn, will be undertaking new projects as well as coming back to old ones. She is constantly experimenting in her studio and she will present the latest results of her work at MAISON et OBJET in January 2018. The exhibition will feature existing products and new designs, displayed in a warm and homey atmosphere.

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“She is constantly experimenting in her studio and she will present the latest results of her work at MAISON&OBJET in January 2018.”

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