With every new edition, Maison et Objet Paris elects a Designer of the Year to honour one of the most outstanding names in industrial and interior design worldwide. In January 2018, Maison et Objet has chosen to celebrate the talent of Danish designer Cecilie Manz. Keep following Best Design Guides for more news of Maison et Objet 2018.
Cecilie Manz took the Center Stage at Maison et Objet 2018 to headline a Conference entitled “Designer of The Year”. She addressed a crowded auditorium to speak about her passion for design, her creative perspective and what design means to her.
A faithful worshiper of the Nordic Style signature’s functional minimalism, Manz’s products are quite simple and elegant. For her, materiality and textures are of the utmost importance and, despite the fact the designer’s not being fond of extravagant hues, Manz considers colour to be crucial for her work.
But how does her creative process work? Well, she defines it has a sheer-pure mess. Before she hits the drawing board she usually thinks a lot about what she wants to accomplish with her design. She always favours functionality, but, for her, creativity plays too an important role.
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No wonder she ends up having hundreds of sketches with different versions of the same product. That’s a result of a powerful thinking process that’s the full force behind her creative power.
After the sketching phase, she moves on to the process of materialization. She stated that, like most of the traditional designers in Europe, she prefers to work with models rather than with rendering. Even though she believes technology is very important for the Interior Design industry, Manz prefers to have a physical reference to her products.
All in all, Manz believes in having fun during the creative process. For that reason, she usually inserts some sort of extravagant element to it, like painting some models with spray cans in her basement. It’s a process she enjoys and that liberates her from the stress that product demand puts on her.
Her exhibition at Maison et Objet 2018 represents her studio and her work. She has a small studio with few people to be able to always follow the process and sign off everything they do. This is how she likes to work, and this is what her exhibition in Paris says to the audience.
In terms of products, her exhibition includes products and projects that nourish design and that fully represents her Nordic identity. Besides pieces of furniture, Manz also works with lighting fixtures, so you can expect to see a couple of lighting products at her stand.
Image Source – Cecilie Manz
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