Danish design brand The Republic of Fritz Hansen™ has announced that minuscule™ is now available after an in-depth development process.
Cecilie Manz is a Danish industrial designer whose work includes furniture, jewellery, lamps and sculptures. Her Micado table (below) for Frederica Furniture has been included in MOMA’s design collection and is an example of her functional approach – it has no screws or hinges, and the table top and legs lock together once the table is placed on the floor.
Below: Cecilie Manz’ Caravaggio lamp for Lightyears
Cecilie Manz recently received the prestigious American 2012 Good Design Award for minuscule™.
minuscule™ consists of a chair and a table and is designed for informal settings. The name minuscule represents the informal and understated style, for which the Scandinavians are so famous.
minuscule has a simple and elegant design that emerged as the result of a series of experimental workshops involving designer Cecilie Manz and the Republic of Fritz Hansen. The workshops revolved around materials, and there were no preset guidelines or creative restrictions. “To me, design always begins with the material. I need to put my hands on all the materials before I can tell if they’re something I can work with,” says designer Cecilie Manz.
minuscule™ combines craft traditions with industrial production methods. The seat shell features hand-stitched upholstery in a light-weight yet durable textile with elegant leather detailing that follows the contours of the shell. The curve of the shell is kept in place by a frame designed in plastic – a material that is contemporary and also offers a contrasting effect. The straight lines of the underframe have been gently softened, like the curves on a pebble washed up on the seashore, a concept that served as a source of inspiration for the details in the design of minuscule.
The upholstery of the exterior shell comes in two shades of grey. A colour that Cecilie Manz finds fascinating, because it is the only colour that can absorb all other colours. The interior shell has upholstery in a selection of colours ranging from rusty orange and ochre to a dark ultramarine. And from September you can get it in five new fabrics.
The lounge table, which has a base in the same grey plastic as the chair, has a tabletop in Oregon pine or a compact white laminate. The minuscule series, which includes a table and chair, is appropriate for a variety of settings, ranging from airport lounges or lobby areas to private homes.
minuscule™ is a part of Republic of Fritz Hansen’s collection of timeless design icons and was launched in the company’s Milan showroom in connection with the international furniture fair Salone
Internazionale del Mobile in April 2012. The new collection will be available from the Republic of Fritz Hansen and authorized retailers from February 2013.