Vitra holds first digital summit


21 October 2020

Swiss furniture company Vitra will stage a series of talks on the future of shared spaces from 22-23 October 2020. It is the first digital event of its kind for the brand.

The summit will address how we can, will or should change our shared spaces during a pandemic, and in the long term. The talks are organised into four thematic sections, and bookended by discussions on digital working. The first of the four themes, ‘The human and the Office’, looks at how we use digital platforms for work. ‘Dynamic Spaces’ covers flexible office design while ‘Design Matters’ looks towards broader discussions on the ethics of material choices and the impact historical epidemics on interior design. The concluding theme is dedicated to the ‘Remote World’ – here, speakers are invited to reflect on the possibility of working from home permanently, and how this might impact cities and urban spaces.

The speakers featured include a psychotherapist, a computer scientist, a yoga teacher, and city planners alongside architects and designers Isle Crawford, Konstantin Grcic, Joseph Grima and Virgil Abloh, among others.

The summit’s topics echo the research Vitra has produced in recent months in the form of e-papers exploring how the pandemic has drastically altered our ways of living and working. However, even before the pandemic, Vitra has been interested in the hybrid of the home and workplace. In 2018, Barber Osgerby presented Soft Work for the brand, a project responding to the demand for a more comfortable, home-like workplace and which was reviewed in Disegno #21.

The event is free and those interested in attending can sign up here.