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Home Dynamics​

E-Paper 06​

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 Perel, 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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Healthy at home

Rituals to stay active within our own four walls by Samantha Clarke

Rituals, routines and habits relating 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, shares tips on how to maintain a healthy harmony between life and work at home.

1. You, Others, Work, Your Space
We all need balance in our lives, and the respite offered by our homes can provide us with a strong foundation. Harmony in our homes can help us clearly understand and nurture the relationships between ourselves, others and work, enabling personal growth in all areas of our lives.
2. Peak Performance
Routine and habits exist to support us, and establishing healthy rituals to bookend the working day is the best way to achieve meaningful, lasting change. Designing spaces that help us maximise our potential is the best way to spark creativity and innovation.
3. Eat, Move, Sleep
Unless we get the basics right, taking bigger steps forward will remain a challenge. Making sure that our homes meet and support our basic physical and psychological needs is a priority. Once this is in place, our homes can help us build resilience and clarity, and revitalise us for the challenges ahead.

Designing a sustainable chair

An interview with Christian Grosen Rasmussen about Tip Ton RE made from local upcycled household waste

Producing long-lasting products has been our primary contribution to sustainability since our company was founded. This holistic approach was actively expanded in the mid-1980s by reducing energy usage and investing in renewables in the Vitra factories and offices. Raw materials have been assessed to exclude those that depend on hazardous or overly energy-intensive processes. Ninety percent of the aluminium used in Vitra products is recycled, and leather and cork are sourced from like-minded partners in Europe.

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Multifunctional living

The home has been our safe haven for weeks on end, sometimes even months. This experience of feeling safe at home has influenced what we look for in our domestic environment. After having been forced to stay cooped up for so long, our living spaces are being repurposed to meet the requirements of an active home that functions as a gym, home cinema and playground for children – while still providing a domestic refuge for lounging, reading and cocooning.

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