With discreet and playful aesthetics, Cecilie’s work demonstrates that functional details are able to create the aesthetic essence of an object in a subtle way. Early recognition of her contribution to Danish design began with the award-winning Micado side table designed for Fredericia in 2004, included in MOMA’s design collection, and later the Post Collection launched in 2019.
Considered one of Denmark’s most acclaimed designers and internationally renowned for her combination of Scandinavian lines and functionality together with contemporary style resulting in several iconic designs awarding her numerous significant prizes and accolades for her conceptual works.
“ Some of my projects remain experiments or sculptured ideas, others are made more concrete and turn into functional tools. ”
Founded her own studio in 1998
Cecilie Manz was born in the Odsherred region of Denmark and, as the daughter of parents occupied with art and design she grew up respecting handicrafts.
After graduating 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 studio in Copenhagen in 1998. Here, Cecilie Manz works with design of industrially manufactured products and experimental prototypes and sculptural one-offs.
Recipient of the Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal 2011 (Denmark), the Bruno Mathsson Prize 2009 (Sweden), the Finn Juhl Architectural 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.