Essay™ is an exclusive table series in solid wood, created by the Danish designer Cecilie Manz.
What distinguishes Essay is its solid yet light design. The design is a perfect example of Cecilie Manz’ approach with its simple lines and sparse form. The table consists of three elements - a table top and two bases - in a simple and natural construction that gives it both and elegant look and flexible functionality. The table is perfect as the gathering point for any home where family members, friends and guests meet. Essay is available in a variety of sizes. The table top and bases comes in several types of wood. Each of the tables can be expanded with black laminate leaves on both sides.
The tabletop is made of solid oak or walnut. The Oak tabletop is treated with white pigment oil and the walnut is treated with natural oil. It also comes in a black lacquered solid oak version.
The frame is made of solid wood matching the tabletop.
The award-winning Danish designer Cecilie Manz is a master of modern minimalism.
Manz is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal in 2011, the Bruno Mathsson Prize in 2009, the Kunstpreis Berlin in 2008, and the Finn Juhl Architectural Prize and the Furniture Prize, both in 2007. Her designs can be found in the permanent collections of such landmark institutions as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Design Museum Danmark. In 2014, Manz also received the Crown Prince Couple’s Culture Prize in Denmark, earning praise as a talent who never seems to stop creating outstanding design and who continues to surprise us with designs in new shapes and materials.
From ceramics to lighting, seating to storage, Manz has designed various pure, practical and narrative objects to play a role in our everyday lives. She has applied her clean, modern sensibility to earthenware vases and bowls handmade in a traditional pottery studio in Seto, Japan, as well as to poufs – all similar in shape to stepping stones. Manz’s designs for Fritz Hansen have also included the Essay™ dining table and, more recently, the minuscule™ lounge chair. Following a typically Danish furniture tradition, both designs combine curiosity and innovation with sculpted elegance and soft forms.