Cecilie Manz

Solid Table table top and legs, not assembled


With his painting Trompe l’oeil: The Reverse of a Framed Painting (1668-72), C.N. Gijsbrechts (ca. 1610-after 1675) plays with our expectations to the painting’s motif: its depicting front as opposed to a reverse that is not meant to be viewed. Furniture designer Cecilie Manz has applied Gijsbrecht’s strategy and made a deconstructed version of her own Solid Table.

“A table, typically, is a gathering place, the centerpiece in the furnishing of a room. It is a horisontal surface in endless versions where the family gathers around the daily supper, where you work, and where big decisions are made. A table turned upside down is a table in dissolution, without purpose. Gijsbrechts’ The Reverse of a Framed Painting inspired me to look at the components of my Solid Table: the heavy stone top which you struggle to keep floating 72 cm above the floor, and the frame that weighs nothing bears it all without a murmur. The Reverse of a Painting may be absurd and converse but it is still a painting – a very good one at that! A deconstructed table is, I guess, most of all a deconstructed table.”


Cecilie Manz (*1971, DK)
furniture designer, educated from the Danish Design School 1997 and the University of Arts and Design in Helsinki.


Cecilie Manz, Solid Table.
CC BY-SA 4.0

The artwork in the remix

Here you can see the artwork Cecilie Manz has used in her remix:

Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts: Trompe l'oeil. The Reverse of a Framed Painting, 1670, KMS1989.
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