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This year has radically changed our perception of space: We started avoiding places we share with strangers or any environment that could subject us to chance encounters. We were ordered to remain in our homes by governments worldwide. Companies were forced into the mass experiment of remote working. Our homes suddenly became a place in which to work, spend time with the family, learn, celebrate, grieve and more – all at the same time.

Over the two days of the Vitra Summit, Vitra intends to go beyond the obvious implications. Vitra believes that our surroundings continually shape our thoughts and feelings. Interior spaces can shift corporate cultures, lift spirits and impact the wellbeing of their inhabitants. Vitra is convinced of the power of human ingenuity and innovation. The time has now come to reflect on what the pandemic means for the future of great workplaces and the function of our homes.



  • Aric Chen, Curatorial Director, Design Miami
  • Asma Khan, Chef and Founder, Darjeeling Express
  • Beatrice Galilee, Executive Director, The World Around
  • Beatriz Colomina, Architecture historian, theorist and curator
  • Christian Grosen Rasmussen, Chief Design Officer, Vitra
  • David Allemann, Co-Founder, On
  • Gianpiero Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, INSEAD
  • Ilse Crawford, Designer
  • Jan Boelen, Artistic Director, Atelier Luma
  • Joseph Grima, Founder, Space Caviar
  • Konstantin Grcic, Designer
  • Kyle Chayka, Writer
  • Mateo Kries, Director, Vitra Design Museum
  • Nora Fehlbaum, CEO, Vitra
  • Sevil Peach, Interior Architect and Founder, SevilPeach Architecture + Design
  • Sharon Johnston, Founding Partner, Johnston Marklee & Associates
  • Stefano Boeri, Architect and Urban Planner
  • Steph Cusack, Yoga Teacher


We are pleased to invite you to the Vitra Summit 2020, a streaming event hosted online on 22 and 23 October. Over two days of interactive, digital exchange, the summit will offer an open platform to exchange scientific findings, know-how and best practices related to the future of shared space.

The event is aimed at everyone who is concerned about the impact of this year's events on the next normality, including decision-makers in companies and public institutions, architects, designers, facility managers and students.

Including films, conversations, presentations and performances, the Vitra Summit 2020 will feature a host of scientists, creatives, business leaders and even athletes, all of whom are eager to share their insights with you.

Day 1 - Thursday, 22 October

  • The Human and the Office
  • Design Matters

Day 2 - Friday, 23 October
  • Dynamic Spaces
  • Remote World

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