A table with a solid Oregon pine frame, a heavy limestone slab and skirts that conceal the legs.
A long, heavy table with skirts that conceal the legs and whatever else might be hidden underneath. The table consists of three components, each in a different material with its own distinct properties: A frame made of solid Oregon pine is covered with a light tablecloth and topped with a heavy limestone slab. The working process for the table involved traditional craft methods from the fields of stonemasonry, woodworking and sewing. Once the tabletop is in place, the table stands as firm as a rock. Solid lightness or light solidity?
limestone, solid Oregon pine, textile
850 x 1950 x 700 cm
furniture designer, b. 1972
Cecilie Manz engages in many different fields within design, from craft-based one-off productions to industrial design. Her choice of materials covers a similarly broad field, from wood, metal, glass and porcelain to electronics and textile. Her working process always begins from scratch, with a blank sheet of paper and a clear focus on functional requirements and possibilities. From this point of departure, the process unfolds with repeated sketching and modelling, as features and form are added. In the final stretch, the form is pared down and simplified to arrive at the essence, always in her characteristic crisp and clean expression. Her designs are often inspired by everyday situations, but she also draws inspiration from the assignment itself and the working process: materials, research, experimentation and the dialogue with the manufacturer.
2001: Speaker at The Third design For Architecture Symposium, Jyväskylä, Finland
2000: Assistant to Robert Wilson
1997: Graduated from The Danish Design School (now Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design)
1995: Studies at University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland
Fritz Hansen, Lightyears, Muuto, B&O Play and Iittala
Selected grants and honours
2014: Crown Prince Couple’s Cultural Award
2009: Bruno Mathsson Prize
2007: Finn Juhl Prize
2012: Fiskars Village, Finland
2007: Danish Museum of Art & Design (now Designmuseum Danmark)
2004: Issey Miyake Design Studio Gallery, Tokyo