After graduation from the design school Danmarks Designskole in Copenhagen in 1997 with additional studies at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Cecilie Manz founded her own studio in Copenhagen in 1998. Here, Cecilie Manz designs furniture, glass, lamps and related products, mainly for the home.
In addition to her work with industrial products, her experimental prototypes and more sculptural one-offs make up an important part of her work and approach: “I view all my works as fragments of one big, ongoing story where the projects are often linked or related in terms of their idea, materials and aesthetics, across time and function.” “Some objects remain experiments or sculpted ideas, others are made more concrete and turn into functional tools.”
“The task or project itself often holds the key to inspiration; ideas don’t come from waiting but from leggwork, drafting and trials. 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.”
In any case, clear ideas and tight aesthetics are essential elements. Cecilie Manz’ exhibition venues include the Issey Miyake Design Studio Gallery in Tokyo, Vitra Museum in Basel, 3rd International Design for Architecture symposium and exhibition 2001, Jyväskylä, Finland, the Danish Museum of Art and Design amongst others.
She has received a number of awards including the if award, red dot award, E. Kold Christensen’s Award of Honour, Finn Juhl Prize 2007, Kunstpreis Berlin 2008, Bruno Mathsson Prize 2009 and the Crown Prince Couples Cultural Award 2014.