Cecilie Manz

This week's featured designer has been named one of the leading Danish furniture designers of her generation

Cecilie Manz (b. 1972) is a Danish industrial designer, considered one of the leading Danish furniture designers of her generation.

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In September 2014, she won the Danish Crown Prince Couple's Culture Award (Kronprinsparrets Kulturpris) for her contribution to design. Cecilie Manz extends the understanding of the function and aesthetics of design and challenges the established concepts of industrial design.

Her work of includes furniture, jewellery, lamps and sculptures. Her Mikado table has been included in MOMA's design collection.

Cecilie Manz was born in Denmark's Odsherred region on the island of Zealand in 1972. She attended the Danish Design School in Copenhagen and went to Helsinki as an exchange student, studying at the Finnish School of Art and Design, before graduating in 1997. She then worked briefly in Professor Yrjö Wiherheimo's studio in Helsinki before returning to Copenhagen where she founded her own Manz Lab in 1998.

In awarding her the Crown Prince Couple's Culture Prize in 2014, Prince Frederik commented: "The fascinating thing about Cecilie Manz's design is that despite the diversity of her work, there is a clearly discernible tone. The basic idea is always strong in Manz's design, evoking associations with historical realisations in design while clearly reflecting the present."

Manz has designed for brands such as Lightyears, Holmegaard, Nils Holger Moormann, Fredericia Furniture, Fritz Hansen, Muuto and Mooment. Some of her most known designs include the Caravaggio lamp for Lightyears and the Mikado table.

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