When we hear the name Vipp, our minds immediately go to the unique industrial design products that have made this 82-year old Danish company famous. Take, for example, the iconic Vipp pedal-controlled garbage bin that put the brand on the map in 1939; not to mention the impressive range of Scandinavian minimalist furniture and accessories Vipp designs and produces. In recent years, the company has also developed a portfolio of four distinctive hotels in Denmark and Sweden. Vipp’s most recent hotel, which opened in the summer, is a 1,000 square foot farmhouse located on the Danish island of Lolland.
Just a two-hour drive south of Copenhagen, The Vipp Farmhouse was originally built in 1775 as a cottage for the gardener of the neighboring Søllestedgaard estate. Surrounded by forests and rolling fields, the exterior looks like a quintessential Danish farmhouse thanks to its whitewashed walls, thatched roof, and gabled ends. The interior has been beautifully modernized, with function in mind. Interior designer Julie Cloos Mølgaard wanted to introduce contemporary elements without diluting the building’s character, resulting in a wonderful mix of old and new. The Farmhouse is furnished with an assortment of Vipp’s furniture and lighting, as well as the now-famous steel kitchen the Danish brand is well-known for.
An open-plan living space with a sitting area, a study, the kitchen, and a bedroom take up much of the ground floor. Smooth stone floors are balanced nicely by the textured jute rugs used throughout the space. Vipp’s lamps and ‘Chimney’ sofas add a refined touch, while the sculptural ceramics and baskets hint at the farmhouse’s past. The kitchen is made up of Vipp’s ‘V1’ matte finish modular units in a soft, misty grey, which contrasts beautifully with the steel countertops and polished metal wall shelves. The second floor houses two additional bedrooms. All three bedrooms are soothing sanctuaries, with crisp white walls, salvaged benches, and soft beige linens on high-end Duxiana beds.
At the neighboring Søllestedgaard estate, the former stable has been transformed into a restaurant named Spiseriet, and a farm shop, where Vipp Farmhouse guests can buy or taste the variety of 250 greens cultivated on the premises. Wineries and cider orchards, as well as beaches, a nature preserve, castles, and lakes, are all within a short drive. The Vipp Farmhouse can be booked for a minimum two-night stay starting at €750.
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