In 2015, Cecilie Manz was asked by the MINDCRAFT-exhibition for Milan Design Week to contribute with a design, the only condition being that it should be a wooden chair. From there, Manz headed into her workshop and began modelling her vision for the design: “I like to approach my design process in a somewhat intense way, spending all my time in the workshop on that one single design from start to finish. I think the Workshop Chair took around two weeks from initial idea to the final model,” she says.
After having made the Workshop Chair in a 1:1 model of cardboard and foam, Manz’ team drew up the design on the computer and worked with a carpenter on the final, physical version. “If you compared the chair that I exhibited at MINDCRAFT with the actual Workshop Chair today, you’d hardly see any difference: The subtle details of its joinery, the crisp veneer, the curved seat and back—it’s all there,” she notes.