Vipp Creates Shelter

Danish company Vipp, best known for their iconic metal trashcans, has taken the company in a new, much larger-scale direction with the introduction of Shelter. Expanding on their recently launched kitchen and bathroom modules, Shelter lets you now match your kitchen and bath accessories to your own residential retreat.


The modern retreat appears simple in design, and while it is, it’s also full of important details. The 55 square meter house is made of steel and stands surrounded by trees with a lake in the distance. The steel structure frames the large panels of glass, letting you see straight through the interior to the other side.


The idea was to take living back to the basics, forming a shelter that performs the basic functions you need to get by. While technically it is a house, the objective comes from Vipp’s longstanding approach to manufacturing industrial objects, making the Shelter become a livable object.


A main difference between Shelter and other prefabs on the market? Vipp’s head designer, Morten Bo Jensen, is not an architect, which makes him look at design a little bit differently. When designing Shelter, he looked at it as if he was designing a large-scale product that removed all the stress away from the customer by leaving the only choice for them is where to place it.


As with most of Vipp’s products, you’ll spot their favorite material, steel, throughout the interior as well, from the kitchen and bath modules, right down to the accessories. Vipp worked with Architectural Solutions to fit the windows with their PanoramAH! Series 38 windows.


They kept the interior pretty open, leaving just the bathroom and bed loft private from the main living area.


Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.