A Love Letter To Vipp

January 29, 2023 • Design

there are lots of design brands out there that have really interesting stories to tell, but to kick-start this new feature on the blog i would be hard-pressed to find a better example than VIPP. the danish label is still most easily identified by the iconic pedal bin its founder holger nielsen designed back in 1939. the model still exists today and has often been copied but never emulated. a design that has lasted this long is a good start, but on its own it wouldn’t make for a very compelling story. there are plenty of labels and editors out there that have brought timeless designs to market at one point, but today struggle to remain relevant. that is not the case for VIPP, which has been ushered into a new era of its existence ever since nielsen’s grandchildren took charge of his legacy.
full disclosure – about a decade ago i was invited by VIPP to join a workshop for interior design influencers in their copenhagen showroom. that is when i first realized this brand is different from most. i distinctly remember meeting granddaughter sofie kristensen egelund, who excitedly told us about the ambitious ideas and plans the new generation had for their family business. lots of the things she explained to us back then have come to fruition in the past ten years. the brand has expanded its collection – which up until that point consisted mostly out of design accessories for the home – to include lighting, furniture and no less than two full-blown kitchens, including faucet designs. in my humble opinion, they succeeded so beautifully in evolving the brand’s original utilitarian and sleek visual identity into a slightly more organic and strikingly classy design language.
even more interestingly, VIPP has also opened multiple ‘one-room-hotels’ in special locations around the world, doing double duty as high-end destinations for discerning travelers, and ‘live-in’ showrooms to experience their furniture and kitchen lines up close – a smart way to lower the threshold for people contemplating investing in any of the brand’s designs for their own home. i don’t know if i’ll ever be lucky enough to belong to that group of people (i don’t need much convincing the V2 kitchen is the stuff dreams are made of), but that won’t hold me back from setting some more attainable VIPP goals for my future home. i’ve listed my favorites below, but you can discover plenty more RIGHT HERE.


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New Beginnings

January 16, 2023 • InspirationLife

it’s been a year and a half since i last opened my blog editor and started typing away. it’s been an interesting but extremely challenging time, both personally and professionally, and i just didn’t feel inspired or motivated to keep this place going. and to be honest – that feeling didn’t start after my previous blog post, it began much, much earlier. perhaps one day i’ll pour my thoughts and feelings about this season in my life into writing, but not today. today i just want to celebrate what is coming. if 2022 was the year in which i broke everything down to its core, 2023 will be the year in which i start building again.

and to be honest, i’ve frequently wondered if this space should be one of the parts that i keep around. i started blogging when i was 15, which will soon be 23 years ago. it’s always been a means for self-discovery, a platform for experimentation and – importantly – a way to connect to likeminded people. obviously the past couple of years all of these things haven’t been as present, but i would very much like to return to my roots on here.

as tempting as it is to make promises or to tell you all more about what i’m working on behind the scenes, i am not going to put any pressure on this project. already, just in thinking about what this place could be or mean, i’ve reconnected to very special people who never cease to inspire me. they’re helping me create this new beginning, and every morning i wake up i am giddy with excitement for what it could come to mean again in my life.

in the meantime, i would like to share a little piece of the inspiration board i’m putting together. for the new blog, sure, but also as a visual excercise in trying to figure out who i am – or at least what i care about and what my unique approach to these subjects could be. i’ve listed the sources of the photos down below if any of it really speaks to you. in which case i hope you’ll continue to follow along on this blog and this journey of mine!

from left to right 1 // picture by louise roe on instagram 2 // polaroid of hotel des academies et des arts taken by me 3 // paris fashion week street style 2019 taken by the style stalker 4 // street style image via pinterest (tried finding the original source but was unsuccessful – if this is your image, thanks for letting me know) 5 // vintage bergbom chrome floor lamp via the audo 6 // black-and-white photo of the facade of the ludlow hotel in new york 7 // selfie polaroid at hotel des academies et des arts taken by me


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