Born and educated in Denmark, with an additional foray in Helsinki, designer Cecile Manz is in many ways a contemporary reification of the vaunted history of Scandinavian design.
TrÃ¦desten Granite Furniture for the Design Museum of Denmark
Her oeuvre bears many of the hallmarks: an over-riding respect for the purity of natural wood, deft craftsmanship, streamlined design, flawless execution.
Separat Room Divider for Nikari
The Workshop Coffee Table is an illustrative example. Displaying a "focal emphasis on traditional materiality, craftsmanship, and detailing," Workshop offers a seamless integration between legs and top, so much so, that it's almost as if the two were the same entity.
Workshop Coffee Table for Muuto
The Luv Bathroom Collection displays a similar sense of completeness. Utilizing Duravit's proprietary DuraCeram material, Manz has created basins, bases, consoles, and mirrors-each of which synthesizes precision and elegance: "Gentle forms following a stringent geometry... precise, clear, and fine forms and edges."
Luv Bathroom Collection for Duravit
From the bathroom to the kitchen, Manz demonstrates equal dexterity with her Degree Kitchen Concept. A combination base, countertop, storage, and sink, Degree is made of veneered Oregon Pine topped with an ultra-thin sheet of stainless steel. This slight nod to an industrial ethos is offset by the warmth of the wood, by its cross-hatched grain-a "comfortable backdrop for everyday life."
Degree Kitchen Concept for Reform
Simple but not simplistic, the Caravaggio Pendant is an iconic suspension lamp with high functionality and a balanced aesthetic expression. Available in multiple iterations: high-gloss lacquer, matte, and the stunning Opal-a translucent shade that diffuses light, creating a warm atmosphere befitting the heart of the home.
Caravaggio Pendant for Lightyears
Here's a bit of a change-up. The Minuscule Chair is precise and elegant, yes, but also more exuberant than much of Manz's work. The materials palette is expanded here as well. Minuscule features a base of reinforced plastic. Finish options include soft upholstery or leather with stitched piping. Solid without being stolid, Minuscule is a versatile chair with a durable construction and pronounced personality.
Minuscule Chair for Fritz Hansen
Cecile Manz lives and works in Copenhagen. She is a graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Helsinki University of Art and Design. She has been the recipient of the Thorvald BindesbÃ¸ll Medal, the Bruno Mathsson Prize, the Finn Juhl Architectural Prize, and the Crown Prince Couples Cultural Award. She has collaborated with many leading international manufacturers including Fritz Hansen, B&O, Fredericia, Muuto, and Offecct.
See the whole portfolio at Cecile Manz.
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