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In-person meetings have barely been possible during the past months. With the Vitra Sessions, we’re introducing a new format so we can get in touch more frequently with you, no matter where you are. The aim of the Vitra Sessions is to provide quick conversation starters on topics that are important to Vitra as a design company and also likely to have an impact on you – as a company, an employee or a private person.

The 90-minute sessions are packed with design stories, expert keynotes, product news and handy tips for individuals and companies and seasoned with short sequences from creatives – also ranging far beyond the realm of furniture. In the first session, we explored the world of ‘Distributed Work’ and its many implications for businesses and organisations. Our second session focused on ‘Home Dynamics’ and the question as to how the domestic space can respond to accommodating more aspects of our lives. In case you missed one of the sessions, you can still sign up to catch up with our teams.

Join us for the next Vitra Session on 10 June, as we will open the doors to the Club Office, created by Vitra as a response to the need for post-pandemic workspaces and built in our head office in Basel, Switzerland over the last six months.

Club Office​

Vitra Session #3 - 10 June 2021​, 9 am PST / 12 pm EST

The many advantages and disadvantages of distributed work have been studied and written about extensively over the past 15 months. The physical act of going back to the workplace will become a conscious choice for many. One that is guided by the tasks that lie ahead, the required level of interaction and the need for direct access to human and physical resources. The physical workspaces that we now build should complement the home office and provide added value for both the company and users. In this session, we will open the doors of the Club Office. Built over the last months at our head office in Basel, Switzerland, it was created by Vitra as a response to the need for post-pandemic workspaces.

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Agenda

The ‘Club Office’
Over the last eight months, we have taken the participants of our digital event series on a journey. We analysed 150 years of office history, then proposed ‘distributed work’ and shared Vitra’s own approach to hybrid working. We looked at home offices of all kinds in March. A distributed work model poses a series of design problems for companies, employees, architects, designers and space planners. With the development of the Club Office for Vitra’s own research and design team, we are now revealing our solution to the post-pandemic workspace.

Participant: Nora Fehlbaum
A workplace for creative teams
The physical place of work is of central importance for creative teams. In-person exchange and direct access to workshops are essential parts of the creative process, while technology must also be seamlessly integrated. Vitra’s Chief Design Officer Christian Grosen walks us through the needs of his team that ultimately shaped the ‘Club Office’ and discusses these with Vitra’s own Consulting & Planning Studio.

Participant: Christian Grosen
Working from the ‘Club Office’
As distributed work is here to stay, more and more employees will choose their optimal workplace based on who they want to interact with and which resources they need to access. What happens if all these requirements are met in one space? Vitra’s Creative Director Scenography invites us to follow him during a typical day at the Club Office.

Participant: Till Weber
A rookie in the club


Participant: Konstantin Grcic
Working ergonomically. A task chair that works for everyone and every space.


Participant: Antonio Citterio
Soft Work. The desk is dead.


Participants: Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby
Hide and meet. New notions of privacy in the workspace.


Participants: Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
‘Club Office’ Q&A session
The floor is yours. Pirjo Kiefer and Tim Reusch, the space planners of Vitra’s Consulting & Planning Studio will present workspace solutions and answer questions from the audience. Send your questions in advance to cps@vitra.com so that they can be answered during the Club Office session.

Participants: Pirjo Kiefer und Tim Reusch


Participants

  • Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, Designers
  • Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Designers
  • Antonio Citterio, Designer
  • Nora Fehlbaum, CEO, Vitra
  • Christian Grosen Rasmussen, Chief Design Officer, Vitra
  • Konstantin Grcic, Designer
  • Pirjo Kiefer, Consulting & Planning Studio, Vitra
  • Tim Reusch, Consulting & Planning Studio, Vitra
  • Till Weber, Creative Director Scenography, Vitra


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.


Home Dynamics​

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Never have our homes been subject to more changes than over the past months. Any societal shift requires a response from the world of design. What can we learn from the past? What have we learned from the remote working experiment of 2020? As designers, architects and manufacturers, our challenge is to maximise the use of limited space, while generating a sense of safety and well-being and making room for more individual choices as we design, shape and build the dynamic home of tomorrow. Featuring insights by international speaker & author Oona Horx-Strathern, psychotherapist & author Esther Perell, happiness consultant & company founder Samantha Clarke as well as planning examples, our latest e-paper looks at implications of the developments of the past year on individuals, how we live in our homes and how we might use our domestic spaces in future.

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Distributed Work

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How does the shift towards a distributed working model set in motion by the outbreak of the pandemic impact businesses and organisations in the mid to long term? This was the central question we explored during the Vitra Session on ‘Distributed Work’ that took place on 11 March. With contributions by designers, thought-leaders and industry experts, the event proved to be highly successful and managed to set a lively tone for the sessions to follow.

For more in-depth analyses and insights on the theme of ‘Distributed Work’, be sure to download the latest issue of our e-paper, which includes in-depth essays, inspiring interviews with thought and business leaders, scientific findings, helpful spatial solutions and much more inspiring content.

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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.