Cecilie Manz was born in 1972 in Odsherred, Denmark. She encountered design during her childhood in the ceramic workshop of her parents, both artists involved with design. Her career began in 1992 with an academic education at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – The School of Design, where Cecilie Manz specialised in furniture and everyday objects. Very early on she became interested in functional and conceptual design, which took her as a foreign exchange student to the UIAH, University of Art and Design in Helsinki. A semester abroad at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki increased Manz’s awareness of the characteristics of Scandinavian design. In 1998, just a year after graduating from the Danish School of Design, Cecilie Manz founded her own company, which has been the focus of her work ever since. She is very successful with her designs of lamps, furniture and accessories for the home; she works with well-known manufacturers such as Bang & Olufsen’s B&O Play, Fritz Hansen, Fredericia Furniture, Nils Holger Moormann, Lightyears, Georg, Jensen Damask, Iittala and Muuto and more recently Duravit. The collaboration between Manz and Duravit has taken Duravit in to a new design realm, creating beautiful soft lines that are both feminine and strong.