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In follow up to the Vitra Summit, our two-day virtual event of October 2020, this year we’re organising a series of shorter, 90-minute digital sprints for you: the Vitra Sessions. Each sessions will delve into one or more of the pressing questions that have emerged since the pandemic hit the world in the spring of last year, and offer a highly diverse and inspiring mix of design stories, expert keynotes, product news and handy tips for individuals and companies alike.

The first Vitra Session took place on 11 March. During this session, we successfully examined the world of ‘Distributed Work’ and its many implications for businesses and organisations. The session proved to be an inspiring conversation starter for what we intend to become a series of thought-provoking virtual exchanges throughout this year – so stay tuned for more news on upcoming sessions. The second session will be held on 22 April 2021, and will focus on the topic of ‘Home Dynamics’.

Home Dynamics

Vitra Session #2 - 22 April 2021, 9 am PST / 12 pm EST

Our homes have undergone a radical transformation in the past year. As we were forced into lockdowns, they became our safe havens, and had to function as our offices and schools, playgrounds and gyms, our restaurants and cinemas. With more and more companies opting for a distributed operating model (with a mix of remote and co-located employees), we can expect that working from home – whether full time or just for part of the week – will remain a reality for many of us. The domestic space needs to respond to these new dynamics by accommodating additional aspects of people’s lives.

Any societal shift requires a design response. What can we learn from past crises and what are we learning from this one? When conceiving the dynamic home of tomorrow, designers and architects are asked to create highly functional environments in limited spaces, which convey a sense of well-being and allow for individual preferences.

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New dynamics in the home
Our homes have been the epicentre of our lives for the past fifteen months, with several generations working and learning under the same roof. If the boom in home gym equipment or cooking and baking tools are any indication, then new rituals now need to be accommodated, and our homes will have to adjust.

Participant: Nora Fehlbaum
What kinds of environments will we live and work in now? Insights from the past and ramifications for the home of tomorrow
We have expected a lot from our homes over the past months. Our domestic spaces had to serve multiple functions over the course of a single day: from kitchen-table classrooms and home offices to retreat areas and dining settings. History shows that crises tend to usher in new eras of design. Much of modernist architecture can be understood as a response to the tuberculosis pandemic in the last century.

Participants: Mateo Kries, Oona Horx-Strathern
Colours, materials and products for the home of tomorrow
A home interior reflects the history and personality of its inhabitants. At Vitra, we believe that environments are enriched by the principle of collage – the idea that a vibrant living space gains character through a mix of old and new, high and low, classic and contemporary. Vitra’s Chief Design Officer, Christian Grosen, affords us a peek into some real homes in which the Vitra collage comes to life.

Participant: Christian Grosen Rasmussen
A day working from home
A good home office provides us with the physical and mental space for a productive day and allows us to disconnect from work just as easily. Till Weber, Vitra’s Creative Director of Scenography, presents spacial solutions for home offices that do just that.

Participant: Till Weber
Mind unplugged – the psychological impact of digital connectivity while working from home
How did the way we experience our home environment change in a year of repeated lockdowns? Where can we find new energy and inspiration to counteract protracted fatigue and discouragement? And how did our relationships with our family, friends and colleagues change? Alongside an analysis of our behaviour, internationally renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel offers inspirational tips and tricks on how to maintain our psychological well-being and serenity at home.

Participant: Esther Perel
There’s no place like home
Rituals, routines and habits related to our well-being are an important part of every workday – we all require breaks to nurture our mental and physical health. In this short segment, Happiness Consultant Samantha Clarke, will show us how to maintain a healthy harmony between life and work at home.

Participant: Samantha Clarke
Design implications for residential architecture and interior design
The past few months have proven that homes with a flexible design have a clear advantage: they can easily be adapted to changing health considerations and work patterns. At the same time, new functions have been added to our domestic spaces. How is this translated into the architecture and interior design of our domestic spaces?

Participant: Monica Khemsurov


  • Christian Grosen Rasmussen, Chief Design Officer, Vitra
  • Esther Perel, Psychotherapist & Host of Where Should We Begin? and How's Work?
  • Mateo Kries, Director, Vitra Design Museum
  • Monica Khemsurov, Co-founder, Sight Unseen
  • Nora Fehlbaum, CEO, Vitra
  • Oona Horx-Strathern, International Speaker & Author
  • Samantha Clarke, Happiness consultant & Founder, Love It or Leave It
  • 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.

The many advantages and disadvantages of remote work have been studied and written about extensively over the past twelve months. The physical act of going to the workplace will become a conscious choice for many. One that is guided by the tasks that lie ahead. The physical workspaces that we now build should complement the home office rather than just being seen as an alternative to remote working. In this session, we will open the doors of the new Club Office. Built over the last six months at our headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, it was created by Vitra as a response to the need for post-pandemic workspaces.

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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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.