June 28, 2019

Vipp Celebrates 80 Years of Design

In 1939, young metalworker Holger Nielsen built a pedal-operated trash can for his wife’s beauty salon. The now-ubiquitous bin, since enshrined in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, became the foundation for Danish home goods supplier Vipp. What followed was 80 years of invention, now guided by daughter Jette Egelund and her children, CEO Kasper Egelund and communications director Sofie Christensen Egelund, who expanded the brand into kitchens, a prefabricated home, and even a hotel. To mark the anniversary, chief designer Morten Bo Jensen conceived a way to outfit all those spaces: a full range of furniture.

Vipp 971 and 451. Photography courtesy of Vipp.

Dining-friendly options abound, such as Vipp 451, a chair that nods to the company’s metal manufacturing heritage, the slender powder-coated aluminum frame meeting a slim upholstered back and generously scaled seat. The chair finds a striking partner in Vipp 971, a powder-coated stainless-steel table with chevron top assembled from thin layers of smoked-oak veneer for a whiff of warmth amid the industrialism.

“We open new doors by introducing new tones, textures, and upholsteries.”

Vipp 971 and 451. Photography courtesy of Vipp.
Vipp 451. Photography courtesy of Vipp.
The original 1939 salon. Image courtesy of Vipp.

> See more from the Interior Design Summer Homes 2019 issue

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