DESIGN

Vipp uses naturally anodised aluminum to blend minimalism with the everyday functionality of a kitchen

Intending to continue following the trajectory of the pedal bin that has been made for over eighty-five years.
By FRIDA JOHANSSON
January 16, 2024

The iconic Danish family business, with a clear commitment to product engineering and design, just presented a brand-new crafted kitchen that pays homage to its 85-year tradition of metalwork.

Dubbed V3, the new kitchen brings a distinct character to Vipp’s familiar modular design. The freestanding modules are wrapped in naturally anodised aluminum — with vertically extruded profiles curving around the edges to bring a light elegance to the metallic appearance. Resting effortlessly on four legs, engineers have blended the everyday functionality of a kitchen with the minimalist aesthetic of the company’s furniture.

— I think we have managed to create a kitchen that feels like a piece on its own, Kasper Egelund, CEO, and 3rd generation owner, comments.

The company inherited not only the founder’s entrepreneurial debut in the form of a robust stainless-steel pedal bin, but also his zeal to invent and shape indispensable, durable tools for everyday life. Inspired by this heritage, the first all-metal Vipp kitchen, the V1, was introduced in 2011. This new kitchen intends to continue following the trajectory of the pedal bin that has been made for over eighty-five years.

— It allowed us to combine valuable know-how from our first kitchen with our legacy of metalwork in a visual expression that is both compelling and innovative. In addition to the functional nature of the modular kitchen, we were able to introduce one of our trademark materials — extruded aluminum, Egelund states.

With a legacy of metalwork revolving mainly around steel, the kitchen introduces a fresh take with its light, aluminum-first appearance. Inspired by the material’s use in Vipp’s Chimney House (a former water pumping station transformed into a 200 m2 design project designed by Studio David Thulstrup, Ed’s note) and Shelter guesthouses (in the Swedish forest), both the aluminum siding rounded edges, and stainless-steel countertop draw clear lines to the brand’s heritage.

The cabinets come with discreetly integrated handles. Fridge and freezer cabinets feature long handles with rounded, rubber inner edges that can manage the weight and pressure of the heavier, air-sealed doors. It is completed with a countertop that gracefully floats above the cabinets. Either gas hobs or an induction solution can be integrated into the counter. According to Kasper Egelund, the kitchen is a tool, not a decoration.

— Our ambition is to celebrate form and function. Envisioned to be used everyday for a lifetime, our kitchens are filled with carefully considered and functional details and long-lasting, high-quality, and durable materials, he concludes.

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