Cecilie Manz

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Cecilie Manz (born 1972) is a Danish industrial designer. She is considered one of the leading Danish furniture designers of her generation. In November 2017 she was awarded Designer of the year in the Design Awards by Bo bedre, Costume Living, Nordic Living and Boligmagasiet. In September 2014, she won the Danish Crown Prince Couple's Culture Award (Kronprinsparrets Kulturpris) for her contribution to design.[1] 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.[2]

Early life[edit]

Cecilie Manz was born in Denmark's Odsherred region[3] on the island of Zealand in 1972. She was admitted to the Danish Design School in Copenhagen and went to Helsinki as an exchange student, studying at the Finnish School of Art and Design, before she graduated 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.[2]


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.

More recently, she has worked with Bang & Olufsen designing the functional but retro-looking speaker line of BeoLit AirPlay speakers and the BeoPlay Bluetooth speaker lineup[4] for the company.

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."[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

2017 Designer of the year, Design Awards 2017, Bo Bedre, Costume Living, Nordic Living, Boligmagasinet


Solo exhibitions[edit]

Group exhibitions[edit]


  1. ^ a b Maria Haarbye Pedersen (27 September 2014). "De fik Kronprinsparrets Priser" (in Danish). Danmarks Radio. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Cecilie Manz". Danish Vogue. Retrieved 2010-04-19.
  3. ^ "HE DESIGNER : CECILIE MANZ (1972)". Fritz Hansen. Archived from the original on 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  4. ^ "Beoplay P2 is a truly portable, Bluetooth speaker with rich sound". www.beoplay.com. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  5. ^ "Cecilie Manz". Dansk Møbeldesign. Archived from the original on 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
  6. ^ "Kronprinsparrets Priser" (in Danish). Bikubenfonden. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Grand Danois in Milan". Dezeen. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
  8. ^ "Mindcraft by Danish Crafts". Dezeen. Retrieved 2010-04-22.
  9. ^ "Shh…Craft is Golden! by Danish Crafts". Dezeen. Retrieved 2010-04-22.

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