Cecilie Manz is the daughter of two potters and grew up appreciating traditional handicrafts. She loves working in wood and originally wanted to be a cabinet maker. Even though she believes her furniture is a departure from classic Danish design she can imagine her creations standing next to classic Danish furniture.
After completing her training at the Institute of Product Design at the University of Helsinki she opened her own design studio in Copenhagen in 1988. Her accolades have been numerous including the Klaessons Design Team Prize and Winner of the competition 'Furniture for a Famous Dane'. In 2003 became a member of the Danish Society of Artists.
Manz's stunning Caravaggio
pendant for Light Years has been a constant feature in design magazines since its launch in May 2005. Creating a simple and soft lighting that would work equally well for small and large pendants was the main idea behind the series. During the design process the shade's curves passed through a number of shapes, but the final version was selected for its similarity to the feminine form. The suspension technology is masculine in construction, creating the right counterbalance to these feminine lines.