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.”