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After the Vitra Summit, our first two-day virtual event in October 2020, we will launch a series of short digital sprints in 2021: the Vitra Sessions. The sessions will continue to be highly diverse, mixing design stories with expert keynotes, product news with handy tips for individuals and companies. Taking place throughout the year, the new format answers many of the pressing questions that have emerged since the pandemic hit the world last year.

Questions about remote working and its impact on the quality of our output and our lives were on our minds even before the onset of the global pandemic. Rapid innovation in communication technologies had already created the potential for new forms of digital connection yet distributed working practices had not gained traction.

Distributed work

Vitra Session #1 - 11 March 2021, 10 am CET

The first Vitra Session will take place on 11 March and explore the world of ‘Distributed work’ and its implications for businesses and organisations. Profound change in the behaviour of organisations and individuals does not come easy. In March 2020, however, international lockdowns proved to be the catalyst for a worldwide working from home experiment. As vaccination programmes proceed in many countries, it is the moment for companies and individuals to assess the mid-to-long-term implications of the shift towards a distributed working model on their lives and on the success of their organisations.

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Opening keynote
With vaccination programmes proceeding in many countries, organisations and individuals are starting to plan their return to the workplace. The remote working period of the past year will leave its mark as numerous companies take on the challenges of establishing a hybrid work model.

Participant: Nora Fehlbaum
Stream it like you mean it
With the sudden shift to digital-only collaboration, we were all forced to become video conferencers. Some have done better than others in this transition. With digital collaboration likely to remain a staple in our work routine, we will use this short segment to share some practical streaming tips.

Participant: Nora Fehlbaum
From remote to distributed work – implications for individuals and organisations
Which organisational models serve distributed work? What impact do these models have on the offices of a company and what do they ask of its leaders? A discussion moderated by Gianpiero Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD.

Participants: Dr. Antje von Dewitz, Gianpiero Petriglieri & Nora Fehlbaum
Culinary break
Even the greatest creators in history required rituals to get them in the right mindset for the task at hand. Join us for a delicious break in your workday.

Participant: Dalad Kambhu
Leading teams digitally
Best-selling authors Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler (‘The Decision Book’) explain why informality is crucial for decision-making when working remotely.

Participants: Mikael Krogerus & Roman Tschäppeler
Can a dispersed team be creative?
As lockdowns descended across the world in 2020, many creative practices moved their teams online. An architecture firm reflects on the challenges of maintaining the creative spark in a distributed workplace.

Participants: Gill Parker & Colin Macgadie
Ergonomic seating
Sitting in one place for a long time is as much of a health hazard at home as it is in the workplace. An ergonomic chair that promotes dynamic sitting and is adjusted to your needs is the cornerstone of a functional workspace – whether it’s located at home or in the office.
Retaining talent and cultivating culture in a new hybrid reality
For decades offices have been an expression of corporate culture and have played a major role in creating it. Gianpiero Petriglieri will provide guidance on how to maintain culture and retain talent in distributed teams.

Participant: Gianpiero Petriglieri


  • Dr. Antje von Dewitz, CEO, VAUDE
  • Gianpiero Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, INSEAD
  • Nora Fehlbaum, CEO, Vitra
  • Roman Tschäppeler & Mikael Krogerus, Authors
  • Gill Parker, CEO, BDG
  • Colin Macgadie, Chief Creative Officer, BDG
  • Dalad Kambhu, Chef and Owner, Kin Dee

Vitra Sessions

The Vitra Sessions are a series of short digital events to explore how offices, homes and public spaces are evolving. The format will bring together expert keynotes and conversations on design, and feature product news with practical tips for individuals and companies. Short sequences presenting creative insights from within and far beyond the realm of furniture will bring another dimension. During the digital sessions, we will dive into the experiences of the past year and question the nature of our shared spatial environments, which have been put to the test.

Related Topics

Which topics impact office environments, communal spaces or the home, and which processes will influence the future of work? In a series of newspapers dedicated to the world of work and current global topics, we invite designers, architects and industry experts to address these themes.