Designer, born 1972 in Denmark. Lives and works in Copenhagen.
After graduation from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – The School of Design
in 1997 including 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, tableware, lighting and electronics. In addition to
her work with industrial manufactured 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 objetcs.
My work has always revolved around simplicity, the process of working toward a pure,
aesthetic and functional object”
Recipient of the Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal 2011 (Denmark), the Bruno Mathsson
Prize 2009 (Sweden), Kunstpreis Berlin 2008 (Germany), the Finn Juhl Architectural
Prize 2007 (Denmark), The Furniture Prize 2007 (Denmark), The Crown Prince Couples
Cultural Award 2014 (Denmark), Designer of the Year 2018, Maison&Objet Paris, E.
Kold Christensen’s Award of Honour, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres 2019 (France),
the lifelong Honourable Award from the Danish Art Foundation (Denmark), Honourable
Award from the Danish National Banks Foundation 2021.
Works with Duravit, Fritz Hansen, Bang&Olufsen, Fredericia Furniture, Iittala, Muuto,
Nils Holger Moormann, Nikari, Georg Jensen Damask, Gloster, Actus/Nissin Moku,
1616 Arita Japan and others.