Danish creative powerhouse Cecilie Manz has been selected to receive the Designer of the Year Award by the renowned Parisian design trade fair. Maison et Objet, held in Paris every January and September, is one of the main trendsetters and ground-shattering events in the world of modern design and a number one reference for trends in the world of luxury interior design. As such, we at Paris Design Agenda will be looking into her work today.
Cecilie was an early rise as an artist, although it was not initially her wish to pursue a career in design. However, her parents were ceramicists and she shared their passion for creation and the arts, and at first contact with the area she immediately took to it. Formally taught by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1997, and the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, this danish designer has now become the modern interior design world’s latest obsession.
The Dane’s work focuses on “90% functionality and 90% aesthetics”, according to the scandinavian artist’s words in an interview with Beoplay Journal. After having finished her education, she has worked independently. She joked about the 6 months for which she tried working in Finland – about which she only said “I knew right from the start that I wanted to call the shots and be in charge”.
Cecilie’s creative process revolves around not just furniture design, but the study of objects, and the search for the best way to make them both useful and beautiful. Her creation of practical tools and utensils that she herself uses in her everyday life makes it almost hard to spot her artwork even in her own studio. The genius behind her abilities hides in plain sight, such as the water bottle big enough to fit a dish brush or her products that only get more beautiful as they get used.
The pictures make it clear that Cecilie Manz is a major woodwork expert, but she also works with leather, stone, and is interested and motivated by all kinds of materials.
We consider Maison et Objet to be the perfect place for her innovative masterpieces to be showcased, and we should all expect great things from her in the near future.