A Vipp kitchen for your bin
Q&A with Morten Bo Jensen
With 75 years of experience in working with steel, rubber and functional design, Vipp has made a kitchen built upon the same principles as the classic Vipp pedal bin from 1939.
He has a firm belief in less but better products. Industrial designer, Morten Bo Jensen, explains the motivation for upscaling Vipp’s series of functional tools with a kitchen that matches your Vipp bin.
As bin-makers, why design a kitchen?
We come from a tradition of working with steel and rubber that started 75 years ago with the Vipp bin. Since 1939, we gained lots of experience with various product designs, but key for them all is the fact that the design-DNA of the bin is still the foundation of our work - whether it’s a suction hook or a kitchen. Every Vipp product – or tool as we call them – stems from industrial inspiration and a demand for function, lifelong quality and an intelligent way of processing materials. A Vipp kitchen was a big, but natural step for us.
What were the ideas behind the Vipp kitchen?
First of all it had to be in line with our DNA and philosophy meaning that it is conceived as a product rather than architect tailored inventory. Conceived in a trio of freestanding modules, the kitchen concept is reflected in every detail right down to the knobs on the gas cooker, the grips and the pull-out spray on the faucet. Secondly, believing in only one product in each category, we had to exert ourselves and seek the best functional solutions in every detail. Because we are not going to make a ‘version 2.0’.
Due to our roots in the professional business, our ambition is to bring ideas from the professional market into the private homes. We talked with chefs about their needs and found out that the industrial kitchen needs a steel table top for hot pots and pans. Furthermore, we put the kitchen on legs for easy access to the floor.
You refer to the kitchen as a tool. How’s that?
It’s a tool because it serves a purpose. It helps you to do things better and smarter in your everyday life. Furthermore, how many kitchens can you place exactly where you want to? Almost none. We decided to design a kitchen you can place in the room you find most suitable or exciting. The kitchen has freestanding modules - a Wall Module, Tall Module and a Kitchen Island. You can place them wherever you want. The modules are available in various sizes and can be assembled according to your individual wishes and requirements.