Vipp’s new Chimney House stacks up in Copenhagen
A few years ago, the Danish kitchen and home accessories brand Vipp built a prototype plug-and-play woodland shelter in Sweden to introduce customers to the qualities of its products (W*191). It became so popular with clients that the brand decided to initiate a series of one-roomed ‘hotel’ residences, ostensibly for guests to experience the pleasures of its high-end kitchens before making what might be a once-in-a-lifetime investment in buying one. ‘We were inspired by the car industry, where you always do a test drive before choosing the final model,’ explains Vipp’s CEO Kasper Egelund. But, he adds, it’s also about ‘giving people an extraordinary experience’ through good design.
The first ‘Vipp hotel’ opened in 2017 in a 400 sq m loft above the company’s Copenhagen HQ, with interiors by David Thulstrup, the Danish designer best known for his work for René Redzepi’s Noma restaurant (W*229). ‘The job David did at the Vipp Loft was brilliant,’ says Egelund. ‘He completely understood our vision for the hotel and has the capacity to unfold it.’
Which is why Vipp turned to him again for its next project, the Vipp Chimney House. The task this time was to restore a 1902 pumping station, complete with its own 35m-high chimney, near the harbour in the northern part of Copenhagen. To turn the building into a two-bedroom residence, Thulstrup and his team added a second floor and set a monolithic concrete box within the old brick frame, opening up the building with big windows through the original arches so you can ‘read the building from the inside to the outside and vice versa’, explains Thulstrup.
Inside, the various materials, colours and furnishings were chosen and designed to complement Vipp’s products – specifically its graphite-coloured, powder-coated steel modular kitchen. All in all, the Chimney House has the makings of a home-from-home that will be very hard to leave.§