It all began one Sunday, 17-year-old Holger Nielsen won a car at a drawing. He sold the car to raise money to buy a metal press with which he started his own metal workshop.
The story of Vipp began in 1939 in the small town of Randers when his wife asked him to make a handy waste bin for her new hairdressing salon. The 25-year-old metal spinner designed and produced a pedal bin for her, which he named Vipp. Subsequently, some of her customers, the wives of the local GPs and dentists, were so impressed with the bin that they ordered it for their husbands’ surgeries and dental clinics. This is how the Vipp pedal bin was born.
When Holger Nielsen died at the age of 78 years in 1992, his youngest daughter, Jette Egelund, took control of the company.
In 2004 for the first time in Vipp’s history, designers were hired to work on and develop new products for Vipp. So far Vipp has launched a soap dispenser and a towel range – with many more products to come.
In 2006, Vipp and the designer Mauricio Clavero were invited to create a limited art edition for the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. The exhibition showed bins and soap dispensers covered in crystals, mosaic stones, and lighting, travelling to the major cities in Europe.
Today Vipp is a family enterprise in the third generation.