Vipp Studio NYC
TriBeCa, New York
While the world has been quiet, Vipp has made a lot of noise in Manhattan. After a year of renovation, a 3,800-square-foot TriBeCa loft in an 1883 historic building now unveils itself as Vipp’s stateside domicile. Sofie Egelund, 3rd generation Vipp-owner and her husband Frank Christensen welcome you inside the combined showroom and private home.
Meet Sofie and Frank
Seven years ago, Sofie and Franck Christensen Egelund crossed the Atlantic from Copenhagen to Manhattan. They brought with them the Vipp kitchen. The purpose of resettling was to tell Americans that Vipp had upscaled its product portfolio with an entire kitchen system. After 7 years of welcoming clients to their first TriBeCa outpost in Murray Street, the couple fell in love with a vast loft space on Lispenard Street. Upgrading to a 3,800 square-foot loft that could house the entire Vipp furniture collection, the couple took on the challenge to undertake the interior decoration themselves. Open only by appointment, Vipp Studio NYC presents a rare opportunity to experience Vipp’s trademark warm minimalism alongside the couple's Scandinavian art and furniture collection.
Frank Christensen Egelund, Vice President of Vipp Inc.
”When you see a product in its natural setting, it comes alive.”
The kitchen occupies the heart of the studio where 12-foot original ceilings, plank oak floors by Dinesen and plenty of light from repeated vitrines surround the Vipp steel kitchen. Consisting of an island module with bar seating accompanied by a backdrop of tall modules, the dark kitchen is contrasted by light grey walls covered in Farrow & Ball.
Custom storage system
The kitchen features wall-to-wall grey clay-colored extruded aluminum millwork by the Beirut-based Elie Chaker and a sui generis wine-glass storage system conceived in oak by Abillama and the Egelunds.
“The Vipp kitchen concept is developed as a finished tool based on everything we’ve learned about metalwork in over 80 years. Vipp was born out of a need for functional tools in the professional market. Just like my grandfather, Holger Nielsen, who crafted the bin for my grandmother’s hairdressing salon in 1939, we still consider ourselves as ‘tool builders’", explains Sofie Christensen Egelund.
Photos : Adrian Gaut │ Styling : Coling King