Vipp is a story of love dating back to 1939. Young Danish craftsman Holger Nielsen makes the first Vipp bin for his wife’s hairdressing salon. The bin becomes an immediate success among doctors and dentists and is soon a permanent feature in Danish clinics. This marks the beginning of an ongoing passion for functionality and design in the Vipp family. From the small Danish town of Randers to the finest museums and interior design shops in the world, Holger Nielsen’s passion has come a long way.
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Founded in 1939 by Holger Nielsen, Vipp is a family business run by a second and third generation today. It all started in Denmark when Nielsen created a bin for his wife Marie, for her hairdressing salon. Holger wanted to impress his 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 sold, but some of Marie’s customers were so impressed with the bin that they order it for their husband’s surgeries and dental clinics. “Good design never goes out of fashion”, Neilsen always said. And time would prove him right; the Vipp bin has hardly changed in either design or materials since it was created.
Holger Nielsen passed away in 1992 at the age of 78 and Holger’s wife was ready to sell the business. However, Jette Egelund, the couple’s youngest daughter could not bear to see her father’s life’s work disappear. So she decided to take over the company. A few years later, Jette was joined by her children, Kasper and Sofie.
At the time, Vipp bins were only exclusively sold to the professional market, but Jette was convinced that the Vipp bin could also be sold to design-conscious consumers on the look-out for a stylish waste bin for their bathrooms and kitchens. Vipp still manufacturers its pedal bins in Denmark and the materials are also the same: stainless steel and rubber. Today production has multiplied and Vipp offers other bathroom accessories as well. Vipp is now being sold worldwide and is set to open a showroom in New York to support the growing market in the US.