Maison et Objet Paris 2018: Cecilie Manz, New Designer of the Year – With every new edition, Maison et Objet Paris elects a Designer of the Year to honour one of the most outstanding names in industrial and interior design worldwide. In January 2018, Maison et Objet has chosen to celebrate the talent of Danish designer Cecilie Manz.
As a child, Cecilie Manz remembers she would always slip away to the studio her ceramicist parents kept in their house to sink her hands into the clay… After earning a diploma in object and furniture design from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1997, Cecilie Manz moved to Finland to further her education at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. The very next year, she founded her own studio in the heart of Copenhagen. Even though she needs the vibrant feel of the city to feed her creativity, she is still happy to commute back to her suburban home and garden every evening to reconnect with the elements.
Not unlike other Danish designers, the balance she maintains between civilization and nature is vital to her creative process. Much in the same way that her lifestyle and relationships with family members contribute to fueling her inspiration. Now in her 40’s, the elegant Dane readily admits that the ceremony for the Crown Prince Couple’s Culture Award she won in 2014, presented to her by the Prince and Princess of Denmark themselves, was certainly one of the highpoints of her career. A career that spans twenty years as she patiently honed her skills to emerge today as one of the major figures of Scandinavian design.
This autumn, Cecilie Manz will be undertaking new projects as well as coming back to old ones. She is constantly experimenting in her studio and she will present the latest results of her work at Maison et Objet in January 2018.
The exhibition will feature existing products and new designs, displayed in a warm and homey atmosphere – the underlying theme that defines every single one of her creations.