Post April 7th 2014   Category Story

Old Vipp love

Never dies

For Jakob it all started just like the real story. It began with an old bin in a hairdressing salon...

The last months we have gathered pictures of the very first bins that are still out there. Furthrmore, we asked the owners about their stories. The "Wanted" campaing is still running, but here is one of the tales told. 

"I think my interest in Vipp started when my grandma's yellow bin, which she had in her hairdressing salon, was discarded. That was such a pity! Whether it was yellow or cream colored I do not know, but my mother, who also worked at the salon, told me about it. That was when my search for vintage Vipp bins began," says Jakob.

It was quite a coincidence that Jakob found the old Vipp pedal bin that he now treasures so much.

"The old Vipp15 (the large one in the middle), I found at a school that was about to be shut down :-) I'm really happy with it - to me it is something very Danish."

Thank you very much for the story, Jakob. To all followers - please send us your vintage Vipp bin story.

Post February 7th   Category Story

Logo evolution

75 years with Vipp

Celebrating our 75th anniversary incites us to look back. The evolution of the Vipp logo is one of the visible markers of our development.

True connoisseurs can determine a Vipp bin by year. In 1949 Holger decided to replace the original wavy chrome lid to a more practical domed lid in stainless steel. Another age indicating detail is the Vipp logo on the bin, which in 1939 was sticker with a golden print of Holger's very fine handwriting.

In the 1950s this logo was replaced by a graphic print in an oval circle with a touch of color and supplemented with the word 'original'. Later the word 'original' was removed again, since this was considered as something you do not state. In the year 2000, the logo font was altered with a softer rounding, like the bin lid. Finally, the oval circle was removed in line with Holger's original logo.

Learn more about the Vipp bin

Post February 4th   Category Story

Stainless Steel Study

Since 1939 stainless steel is one of the main materials in the majority of Vipp products. It’s a strong and durable type of iron which ensures long lasting products that will stand the test of time. This of course depends on the quality of steel used in the production as there are a vast variety of steel types and qualities.

What is stainless steel?
Stainless steel is an alloy of Iron with a minimum of 10.5% chromium. Chromium produces a thin layer of oxide on the surface of the steel known as the 'passive layer'. This layer prevents any corrosion of the surface.

Vipp products are made of two types of stainless steel: Type 304 and 316

Type 304 alloys provide our products with an easy-to-clean surface that will last for decades and even become more beautiful with an emerging patina. This type of steel is characterized by a content of 18% chromium and 8% nickel, which gives this material excellent resistance to corrosion and very high durability. We use the 304 stainless steel for lids, handles, kitchen work tops, taps just to name a few.

However, some products in the Vipp collection are produced in the stronger alloy 316. This durable material is used for the manufacturing of the Vipp suction hook, shower wiper, shower shelf and toilet brush, as these products usually are used in quite extreme environments with high humidity and often exposed to aggressive cleaning agents. The addition of 2% molybdenum makes 316 considerably more resistant to corrosion than the 304 alloy. 

Post January 9th 2014   Category Story

This was 2013

in snapshots

A year has passed and once again it has been a year full of events, new products, exciting collaborations, lots of coffee and plenty of inspiration...

In 2013, several new Vipp products for the kitchen and bathroom saw the light of day: The Vipp broom and dustpan, the Vipp table, the Vipp organic towels, the Vipp mirror.

New collaborations were initiated: Lever Couture transformed a series of bins to high-couture models (learn more), the monocled egg shape cartoon character Darcel spilled his dissapointments all over the Vipp bin and brush set sold in Colette (learn more), 3-star Michelin Chef Alain Passard made a limited edition Vipp collection with his beautiful collages illustrating his star-recipes (learn more), and the concept store Merci said 'Merci' to Vipp with an edition in their signature graphic universe (learn more).

2013 was the year where the 4 liter Vipp bin 8-doubled in size to help Copenhagen city-dwellers to keep their city green during its summer tur around the city (learn more)

The Vipp Flagship Store was the backdrop for several events: 14 bloggers took on the challenge of a Christmas foodstyling battle (learn more), plenty of guest devoured plenty of Grød (porridge) (learn more), and with full-blown Christmas spirit we turned the store into a cookie factory (learn more).

Looking forward to an equally eventful 2014. Stay tuned for more snapshots on Instagram @vippdotcom

Post August 19th 2013   Category Story

Like Father Like Son!

Short Stories by Jette Egelund

When your father is a coppersmith, it is no wonder that you may feel the urge to work with solid materials.

My grandfather, Niels, turned iron into fine things by hand during his career as a coppersmith. He began the day with a flat plate and after a good day's work the plate was turned into a coffee pot for my grandmother.

To get money on the table, the plate had to be transformed to a gutter or a downspout. Products like these were in high demand in 1932, when my father was still a young man.

But then came the crisis and my father had to help out in the workshop. Fortunately, he had learned the art of metallurgy, and was now a proud metal smith with an apprentice certificate. Now it was his turn to impress my mother, whom he had just married. Not with a coffee pot though, but with a trash bin. She needed a practical bin for her newly opened hairdressing salon. And she got one with a pedal that my father had named Vipp.

A good thing that my grandfather had taught my father to pound some iron.  

Post March 15th 2013   Category Story

Material World

Vipp in the making

In their March issue, Dutch design magazine Eigenhuis & Interieur takes a look behind the scenes in the Vipp factory and demonstrates that beauty is not only associated with the finished object; but equally can be found in its making.

Key Production Facts:

- Since 1939, the only major change in the appearance of the Vipp bin is the rounded lid. In 1949 the lid form changed from a wavy to a rounded shape because of new production techniques. 

- The lid is hauled from a stainless steel plate with a pressure of 110 tons per cm. Afterwards the steel is polished to obtain a smooth surface.

- Lids are mounted and adjusted with handpower. It takes a skilled craftsman to ensure the perfect closing mechanism. An experienced craftsman can assemble five bins in an hour. 

- The coated bins are quenched for 10 minutes in a large oven heated to 170 degrees. At this temperature colour molecules melt together and create a shockproof and solid surface.  

- The pedal bin is spot welded with a precision of 0,2 mm. Annual steel consumption amounts to 150 tons.

>See the video of the production 

Post February 15th 2013   Category Story

The Vipp Table

on Design-Milk.com

The new Vipp Table is featured on Design-Milk.com this week.

Learn more about the Vipp Table

Vipp Table on Design-Milk.com
Post December 10th 012   Category Story

In unexpected places

We got an email this weekend from Tina Egdalen from Esbjerg with an attached photo of a Vipp bin in quite unexpected surroundings.

Last year Tina's daughter Ida visited her sponsor child in Gambia, where she one day found herself in a garden with a familiar object from back home.

Thank you for sending us this picture.

Post June 11th 2012   Category Story

The Story of

The Hilton Bin

Did you know that the original Vipp pedal bin actually got a little brother in 1967? The Hilton bin was created in 1967 in Holger Nielsen’s metal workshop and was given the name Hilton inspired by the famous skyscraper hotels and its roof-looking, swinging lid. The bin was one of Holger Nielsen’s bestsellers in the 70s.

The advertisement is from the late 1960s targeted towards the professional market who valued a fire-proof bin in workshops and factories etc. The Hilton went out of production after 20 years as Vipp started focusing more and more on the private market who preferred the original bin. However, it can still be found in Tivoli in Copenhagen consuming all the used tickets. Our engineer found one of the very first models in our warehouse, posing elegantly in his backyard.   

Advertisement from the late 1960s / Holger Nielsen & his wife's Marie
A vintage Hilton bin from our warehouse
Post 8th of August 2011   Category Story

The Story of Vipp

on P1 Summer Business, DR Radio

Jette Egelund, owner of Vipp and daughter of Vipp's founder, talks about taking over her father's small metal factory and turning the company into a international success.

Listen to the interview here (please note, the interview is in Danish)

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