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