Friday, 22 October 2004
Micado wins design prize
The furniture designer Cecilie Manz has won the Danish Design Prize
for a table which is as simple as it is eye-catching.
is the name of the table which today has made 32-year-old Cecilie Manz
the winner of the Danish Design Prize 2004. Crown Prince Frederik made
the presentation which took place at the Danish Design Centre, the body
responsible for this prestigious prize.
As the name suggests, it was the game of pick-up sticks which gave Cecilie
Manz the idea for this small, three-legged table. Using sticks,
I experimented to see how it was possible to construct a piece of furniture
which was easy to assemble and disassemble. It resulted in a table with
a nearly archetypal, three-legged construction similar to the classic
hunting chair with a leather seat, says Cecilie Manz, who trained
at Danmarks Designskole. She has refined the design so the table can be
assembled without using screws or hinges. The round tabletop and the three
legs interlock when the table stands on the floor.
Simplicity and spontaneousness
me, simplicity and spontaneousness are important. My working method involves
first considering the idea for example table
with a completely open mind. I take the trouble to thoroughly identify
which functions the object must have. Then I allow the ideas to flow freely,
but as they take shape I minimise as much as possible, says Cecilie
previously attracted attention with a ladder which is also a chair, and
a table which is height-adjustable according to the ironing board
principle. These designs have led to some people describing her furniture
can certainly understand why, but it is not a word I care for, and it
is not something I aim for in my work. A piece of furniture can certainly
have several functions when they spring to mind as an added bonus
and not at the expense of each other. Simplicity is paramount, she
Manz enjoys working with wood and would have liked to have trained as
I have built up a good and inspiring partnership with a cabinetmaker who
makes my prototypes. It allows me to devote my energies to other things,
In Børge Mogensens footsteps
company Fredericia Furniture has started producing the Micado. Cecilie
Manz is thereby following in the footsteps of a number of Denmarks
most respected designers including Børge Mogensen, whose
name is inextricably linked to this family-owned company. She acknowledges
that it is both a burden and an honour to be under the same roof as Niels
Jørgen Haugesen, Nanna Ditzel and Børge Mogensen. The tradition
for building up a close partnership with its designers has made Fredericia
Furniture a good business partner also for new names.
is a love of the trade which characterises Fredericia Furniture
not 10-year plans and market surveys. There is a genuine curiosity to
see the finished product, says Cecilie Manz, praising the company
for its willingness to take chances.
need companies which are prepared to stake on the younger generations.
It means a lot that some of the objects one makes are actually put into
production, says Cecilie Manz.
to give the lie to idea that young designers only make strange
things. Occasionally I hear people say that we only think sculpturally.
My response is no, thats not right, it just looks different,
though the Micado stands out in many ways from the classics of Danish
design, she can certainly envisage them appearing side by side. Today,
people are very willing to combine old and new. I can certainly see the
Micado as a joker in a tasteful home ideally standing beside a
black Børge Mogensen sofa.
is available in solid ash, oak or cherry, the tabletop also as a lacquered,
black MDF board.
pictures and further information, please contact Ole Bjerg, Fredericia
Furniture on tel.: +45 7592 3344,
by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org