Cecilie Manz hacks IKEA kitchen

After graduation from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1997, Cecilie Manz founded her own studio in Copenhagen and has gone on to create products for a number of high-profile brands – over the years becoming known for her ability to create colourful pieces that are in keeping with the stripped-back Scandinavian style.

In her recent work, Cecilie Manz positioned pine slabs at 45-degree angles to match the cut-out door handles of this IKEA kitchen, customised for Danish brand Reform.

Manz is the latest in a line of renowned designers to create a kitchen for Copenhagen-based Reform, which specialises in the customisation of IKEA’s Metod kitchen cupboards.

Called Degree, Manz’s kitchen aims to provide simple functionality while creating a hospitable atmosphere. In order to achieve a balance between the two, she chose to pair a hardwearing steel countertop with warm-toned wood and grey painted doors.

“I’m not afraid of doing classic stuff,” she continued. “It lasts, and you should just be aware of where the ‘boring’ starts. I’m a huge fan of Oregon pine, the warmth, straight grains. And then it reminds me of my grandmother’s fine aesthetics.”