Saturday, December 20, 2008


Why am I featuring a company that started from making pedal bins? It's nothing new or fascinating.  There's always the famous Brabantia or Simple Human bins to rave and rant about. So why Vipp?

Because it all started as a love story. 

The story of Vipp started in 1939 in the small Danish town of Randers. Then newlywed Marie asked her husband Holger Nielsen, who was a skilled craftsman, to create a bin for her hairdressing salon.

Holger obviously wanted to impress his new wife and used all his talent to create a functional and beautiful pedal bin for her.

The bin, which he named Vipp, was never intended to be for sale, but some of Marie's customers were so impressed with the bin that they ordered it for their husbands' surgeries and dental clinics. The rest as they say, is history.

Today, it is a family business run by Marie and Holger's youngest daughter, Jette Egelund and also her children, Kasper and Sofie. They not only sell bins but also bathroom accessories.

Vipp 15 Bin.

The Colours that are Offered.

In 2005, Vipp Collaborated with 30 Famous Designers (like Christian Lacroix, Philippe Starck, Agnes B) for Charity. Money was raised for  Handicap International.

In 2006, Vipp and the Conran Shop host an Auction in aid of Oxfam. Going under the hammer were bins decorated by Sir Terence Conran, Nicole Farhi, Karim Rashid, to name a few.

In 2006, Vipp was invited to exhibit at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. Chilean designer, Mauricio Clavero was invited to stage the challenging art experience. He created 36 unique Vipp bins and soap dispensers covered in Swarowski crystals, Sicis mosaics and lighting by Ambiance Lumiere.  

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