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Cliffhanger Holiday: Vipp-Furnished Tiny Vacation Cabins on a Fjord in Norway

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Cliffhanger Holiday: Vipp-Furnished Tiny Vacation Cabins on a Fjord in Norway

February 6, 2023

A reason to resurrect the original meaning of “awesome.” The Bolder Sky Lodges are a cluster of six architect-designed hideouts balanced on a precipice overlooking the Lysefjorden, one of Norway’s most astonishing fjords. Each cabin is an off-grid, secluded perch, a celebration of Scandinavian clean and cozy design—Vipp supplied most of the furnishings—and an ode to the views: the surrounding cliffs, sea, and pines are front and center wherever you happen to be lounging.

Here, we’re featuring Sky Lodges, the first two cabins to be built and our favorites of the group. Owner Tom Norland’s aim was “to blur the border between inside and out, and convey the feeling of floating in nature.” Turn away if you’re afraid of heights.

Photography by Anne Bråtvit courtesy of Vipp and The Bolder.

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Above: Architect John Birger Grytdal of Norgeshus designed the Star Lodge hideouts as cedar-clad two-story cubes that rest lightly on the landscape: “to minimize the impact on nature, the cabins are each set on a load-bearing steel column firmly anchored in the rock.” When there’s a strong wind, the structures are built to gently sway.
the cabins deliver front row views of the fjord. “the cubes are intentio 18
Above: The cabins deliver front row views of the fjord. “The cubes are intentionally placed on the edge of the sloping mountain,” says  Grytdal. “It’s like standing in a glass elevator with the familiar sinking feeling.”

Oslo furniture store Element Studio designed the interiors with an emphasis on Vipp, the Danish line celebrated for its modular steel kitchens and growing collection of household basics. The cabins are a mere 22 square meters (approximately 236 square feet), including the two bedrooms and bath upstairs. The walls and ceiling are paneled in smoked oak and the floor is polished concrete.

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Above: Vipp’s V1 Kitchen is composed of “wall modules” of powder-coated steel with a stainless steel counter and single-lever Kitchen Tap. The sconces are Vipp’s Wall Spots. And to avoid an off-note, thats a Vipp soap Dispenser  and Dishwashing Brush.
the vipp chairs are powder coated aluminum and leather. to maximize the space,  20
Above: The Vipp Chairs are powder-coated aluminum and leather. To maximize the space, extra-wide windowsills serve as s shelves.

The cast-iron Ildhane candleholder (translation: Fire Rooster) is $80 at The Finnish Design Shop. Vipp even makes an electric kettle—but only for the European market.

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Above: In the reading corner: Bruno Matthson’s 1969 Jetson Chair, still made by Dux. A metal and wood ladder-like stair leads to the bedrooms and bath.
the smoked oak paneling continues upstairs. the bedrooms are made up in blue to 22
Above: The smoked oak paneling continues upstairs. The bedrooms are made up in blue to echo the colors outside.
the compact bathroom is also a vipp showcase. 23
Above: The compact bathroom is also a Vipp showcase.
the back bedroom is one big view (with blackout shades). 24
Above: The back bedroom is one big view (with blackout shades).
the cabins are available for rent year round: read about the area here. four ca 25
Above: The cabins are available for rent year-round: read about the area here. Four cabins designed by Norwegian studio Snøhetta have recently been added to the group: go to The Bolder for a look and reservations.

For more dream retreats, browse the Remodelista Vacation Rentals Archive.

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Product summary  Item 6 155Item 7 156

vipp 524 wall spot white 3 0
Wall Lights & Sconces

Wall Spot

$395.00 USD from Vipp
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Soap Dishes & Dispensers

Dispenser

$158.00 USD from Vipp

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