Cecilie Manz' work within furniture, glass, lighting, and ceramics has received international acclaim and is sold and exhibited all over the world. She is educated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts with additional studies at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki.
Cecilie Manz founded her own studio in Copenhagen in 1998, and has since received numerous awards and honors for her work—amongst others The Crown Prince Couples Cultural Award and the Three-Year Working Grant from the Danish Arts Foundation. Cecilie has been part of the Muuto family from the very beginning.
On Her Design Philosophy
“I design things that have meaning to me. My general objective is to always have a clear argument that legitimizes the designs that I make. Function is essential and if I cannot formulate a good reason for a new product to exist, it is better to refrain from making it.”
“To me, there’s no sense in going straight from the drawing table to the computer and 3D printing—you can’t see the proportions and relationship to the body in computer rendering. Instead, I sketch up an idea and head straight to the workshop, building 1:1 models in foam and cardboard.”
“There are skilled craftsmen all over the world, but what makes Scandinavian design successful is our feel for materials and attention to detail. Scandinavian design is minimalist and humble with great respect for each single material. We are taught the trade of design in the workshop, working with the material in our hands—we immerse ourselves into it.”