CECILIE MANZ - A1 01 - PHOTO CREDITS - CASPER SEJERSEN_1

Who is Designer of the Year 2018?

Cecilie Manz will have a good start in the new 2018 year.

She is a winner of the DESIGNER OF THE YEAR MAISON&OBJET PARIS - the prize awarded to one of the most outstanding names in industrial and interior design worldwide. Cecilie Manz receives it as Danish industrial designer, one of the leading furniture designers of her generation.

I tried to find out what is a secret to her success.

CECILIE MANZ - SPECTRA 01 - PHOTO CREDITS – HOLMEGAARD Designed for HOLMEGAARD
CECILIE MANZ - SPECTRA 01 - PHOTO CREDITS – HOLMEGAARD
Designed for HOLMEGAARD

Variety of Products

CECILIE MANZ - MINUSCULE 03 - PHOTO CREDIT - DITTE ISAGER Designed for FRITZ HANSEN
CECILIE MANZ - MINUSCULE 03 - PHOTO CREDIT - DITTE ISAGER
Designed for FRITZ HANSEN

Cecilie Manz’s collection consists of a wide range of products from lamps, ceramics, accessories for the home to furniture design (seating, storage..) …, jewelry, sculptures to technology gadgets. She examines every function with equal attention no matter if it is tea towels (like Rain), foldable bag (like Origami Bag), series of furniture in solid Japanese beech (like Mocu) or wireless speaker (like M3). The result of her research is the various, practical objects confirming that designer well understands our everyday lives and needs.

CECILIE MANZ - ATMOSPHERE_SOFA SET - PHOTO CREDITS – GLOSTER Designed for GLOSTER
CECILIE MANZ - ATMOSPHERE_SOFA SET - PHOTO CREDITS – GLOSTER
Designed for GLOSTER

The characteristics of the product

Above all, her products are functional, with pure forms they provide answers to the needs of the contemporary users. I prefer multifunctional characteristic of her product, like Ladder Hochacht which apart from the basic function can be a seat, or Trestles - a pair of turnable trestles for different types of tables.

CECILIE MANZ - MOKU 2 - PHOTO CREDITS - ACTUS, NISSIN MOKKOU JAPAN Designed for NISSIN MOKKOU JAPAN
CECILIE MANZ - MOKU 2 - PHOTO CREDITS - ACTUS, NISSIN MOKKOU JAPAN
Designed for NISSIN MOKKOU JAPAN

Her products are desirable to find a place in our living environment so not surprising they are bestsellers.

Material& production process

CECILIE MANZ - KNOT TRESTLE 03 - PHOTO CREDITS - CASPER SEJERSEN
CECILIE MANZ - KNOT TRESTLE 03 - PHOTO CREDITS - CASPER SEJERSEN

Cecilie Manz uses natural materials: ash, oak, walnut or leather (like Moku Series of furniture in solid Japanese beech), like famous Scandinavian designers and confirms that tradition plays the important role in her inspiration. But, the designer also possesses well understanding of technology process reflected in the quality of the products and its attractive details (like Knot trestle and tabletop in solid ash and full-grain leather). So, the base of her design is the combination of function, natural materials and its texture improved through the production process. This is her signature clearly visible in the clean, modern, recognizable design which Cecilie Manz has created.

The beauty of her products is the simplicity that is in the design process the most difficult to achieve.

CECILIE MANZ - A1 01 - PHOTO CREDITS - CASPER SEJERSEN_1 Designed for B&O
CECILIE MANZ - A1 01 - PHOTO CREDITS - CASPER SEJERSEN_1
Designed for B&O

Cecilie Manz has designed for brands such as Lightyears, Holmegaard, Nils Holger Moormann, Fredericia Furniture, Fritz Hansen, Muuto, and Mooment. Her Mikado table has been included in MOMA's design collection. I hope it is not too early to compare her work with great names of Scandinavian design.

CECILIE MANZ - MICADO - PHOTO CREDITS - ERIK BRAHL
CECILIE MANZ - MICADO - PHOTO CREDITS - ERIK BRAHL
Designed for Fredericia Furniture

Cecilie Manz will present the latest results of her work at MAISON&OBJET, Paris in January 19-23,2018.

It will be interesting to see her experiments, news from her studio during M&O.

All photos by Cecilie Manz