Sølvgade Chair
by Cecilie Manz

Design processes can be messy and chaotic – sometimes it takes an entire haystack to produce a single needle

Sølvgade Chair
The path to the crisp, clear, calm vision that becomes the finished design often winds its way through entire forests of doubt and chaos. Discarded details, a waste heap of ideas, doubts, clarity, doubts – selection and rejection. The space among the growing piles of model foam, dust, cardboard, pins, wood and coffee forms a surprisingly productive space for creative and conceptual thinking. Sometimes it takes an entire hay stack to produce a single needle.

Solid Oregon pine

H 70 x W 40 x D 45 cm

Cecilie Manz
Danish 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.

1998 to date: Own studio in Copenhagen
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

Selected collaborations
Fritz Hansen, Muuto, Bang & Olufsen, Japan Creative, Iittala

Selected grants and honours
2014: Crown Prince Couple’s Cultural Award
2009: Bruno Mathsson Prize
2007: Finn Juhl Prize

Selected exhibitions
2012: Fiskars Village, Finland
2004: Issey Miyake Design Studio Gallery, Tokyo
2001: The Third design For Architecture Symposium, Jyväskylä, Finland


MINDCRAFT / Tuala Hjarnø

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