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Interview: Cecilie Manz and Her Minuscule Chair for Fritz Hansen

Minuscule Chair by Cecile Manz for Fritz Hansen

We sat down to talk with Cecilie Manz, the Danish designer behind the Minuscule Chair and matching table released by Fritz Hansen during the Salone del Mobile in Milan.

According to Ms Manz, she defines a situation before she designs something. In this case, the situation is an informal or casual meeting. She designed a chair that is functional yet appealing, with a thin yet comfortable shell that allows a person to relax in the chair in various sitting positions.

Minuscule Chair by Cecile Manz for Fritz Hansen

The shell is made of three layers. There is the outer shell that is available in two tones of grey, then the inner shell available in a multitude of colors – and finally the leather contour to finish.

Minuscule Chair by Cecile Manz for Fritz Hansen

Ms Manz reminded me that in chairs also need to look great from the back. We even turned the chair upside down to see how the shell literally was “dropped” onto the frame itself, as well as the exposed screws on the sides. There’s definitely much detail that went behind the design of this chair.

The craftsmanship is also an important note. Outside of the showroom in the Brera district, you could see Hans, who is a craftsman for the chair, put together the upholstery. Not many of us who buy furniture see the work that goes behind them – and you really appreciate each piece of furniture just that much more because of it.

Minuscule Chair by Cecile Manz for Fritz Hansen

See more of Cecilie Manz’s designs on Fritz Hansen’s site.

Minuscule Chair by Cecile Manz for Fritz Hansen

Minuscule Chair by Cecile Manz for Fritz Hansen

Minuscule Chair by Cecile Manz for Fritz Hansen

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  1. […] Designed by Italian company Spotti, the showroom mixes Nordic design with Milanese elegance, combining historic pieces of the Fritz Hansen brand with works of new designers and companies never before distributed in Italy. The space is characterized by new lights and colors and the design is dominated by a wall intersecting the three floors, featuring a graphic pattern loosely based on the work of Arne Jacobsen. Of course there are also designs such as the Essay Table and the Minuscule Chair by Cecilie Manz. […]

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