Each edition of the interior design and decoration trade show, Maison & Objet, celebrates one talented industry professional. This year, Danish designer Cecilie Manz has been picked as Designer of the Year for the January 2018 edition of the show, which runs January 19-23 at the French capital's Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition center.

The Danish designer, born in 1972 to two ceramic artists, graduated in object and furniture design from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1997. She then continued her education in Finland at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, before founding her own studio in Copenhagen in 1998.

Her first project, "The Ladder," proved a springboard onto the design scene for Cecilie Manz, when her chair-turned-ladder was picked up for production by German designer Nils Holger. Her "Caravaggio" lamp, produced in 2005, also went on to be a bestseller.


The designer has worked with Fritz Hansen, designing a collection of dining tables and chairs, and for B&O Play, creating portable speakers for the more affordable brand launched by fellow Danes Bang & Olufsen. Cecilie Manz's successful career was recognized in 2014 with a "Crown Prince Couple's Culture Award," presented to her by the Prince and Princess of Denmark.

This fall, the Danish designer went to Japan to curate the "Everyday Life - Signs Of Awareness" exhibition at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Japan-Denmark diplomatic relations.

At the upcoming edition of Maison & Objet, Cecilie Manz will present new designs, as well as past creations, plus experimental works from her studio.

"Maison & Objet" runs January 19-23, 2018 at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition center, Paris, France.

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