Pedal Bin (model 15)
Designed by Holger Nielsen
Holger Nielsen, a young metalworker, met Marie Axelsen, his future wife, while she was studying to be a hairdresser. When they married in 1939, Marie opened her own salon in Randers, Denmark, and Holger helped furnish it. He created three of the original Vipp pedal bins for the salon. As his work drew the attention of customers, he continued to make them on demand. He bought a metal-turning lathe and established his own factory with the proceeds from the sale of a car he won in a raffle (he didn’t have a driver’s licence). Vipp bins were initially popular in medical offices, but they eventually spread to commercial, school, and domestic settings. Vipp is an onomatopoeic name derived from the Danish word for the movement of the lid as it opens and closes.