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Flexible workspaces "increasingly relevant in post-pandemic times" says Vitra

Promotion: adaptability is now an essential requirement for offices according to the latest research from furniture brand Vitra, which was revealed during a digital session this week.

On 24 March, Vitra hosted Dynamic Spaces, a 30-minute virtual event exploring how shared workspaces are evolving in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The session coincides with the release of the Dynamic Spaces e-paper, which identifies a need for flexibility in the way that office environments can be used and "reveals insights for the work models that companies are creating now".

An illustration as part of Vitra's dynamic workspaces
Dynamic Workspaces are more future-proof, according to Vitra, which has released its new e-paper this week

This will become essential for businesses looking to make their workspaces future-proof, according to Vitra.

Specifically, the brand has said that the answer to future workspaces lies in a balance of "remote focus and in-person collaborative work and in a mix of spaces designed for intentional collaboration, mental extensions and focus work".

"What had already been seen as a growing requirement in the office has gained further relevance as a result of the Covid pandemic: work environments must be easily adaptable to changing situations," said CEO of Vitra, Nora Fehlbaum.

"This means more than just the addition or removal of workstations. Instead, it signifies the ability to modify environments and their functions," she continued.

"The simplest solution is an open space with flexible work settings that can be structured to suit changing needs – a dynamic space."

A photograph of the Comma furniture by Vitra
The Dynamic Spaces event marks the launch of modular office furniture system Comma

The Dynamic Spaces session provides an insight into how flexible workspace environments can bring people, spaces, and technology together, and offers practical tips for businesses looking to implement change.

It includes contributions from experts including The Extended Mind author Annie Murphy Paul, Swiss authors Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler, and Sight Unseen co-founder Monica Khemsurov.

Vitra also offers a look inside some of its latest projects, including the On headquarters in Zurich and the Merantix AI Campus in Berlin.

The event coincides with the launch of Vitra's new office furniture system, Comma, which directly responds to the requirements of the dynamic office.

Vitra launches Comma furniture with Dynamic Spaces session
Comma is a flexible system consisting of just a few different components. Photograph by Eduardo Perez

With a modular structure similar to a scaffolding system, Comma offers flexible solutions for desks, workstations, meeting spaces, breakout spaces and display systems.

Consisting of just a few different components, the system can be endlessly reconfigured for different activities.

"It was our aim to create an intuitive system that requires no tools and which can be easily assembled by a few individuals whenever the need arises," explained chief design officer at Vitra, Christian Grosen.

"A system that can define the space without interfering with the building structure," he continued. "Comma can be reconfigured as needed: from a basic desk for four people, it can be expanded by simply adding a few elements."

All images are copyright of Vitra. Concept, art direction and design are by Studio AKFB, and illustrations are by Atelier CTJM.

To watch the replay of the Dynamic Spaces Vitra Session and download the e-paper, visit Vitra's website.

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