It has been over two years since the pandemic began and we were forced to hole up at home waiting for the “all clear.” While the definition of what marks the beginning of post-pandemic life has become more and more ambiguous, so too has the concept of the contemporary workplace. The quick adoption of digital technologies proved to many companies and employees that physical proximity wasn’t essential to the success of their businesses. Employees were happy to axe their commutes and grew to enjoy the flexibility of working from a locale of their choosing, and many companies benefitted financially by discontinuing expensive office leases. On the flip side, some missed the workplace camaraderie and clear boundaries between work and home. These radical shifts in work left employees and firms wondering what comes next.
As a recognized leader in the world of commercial interiors, Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra is closely observing these shifting workplace trends. In 2021, the company launched Vitra Sessions, a video series that examines the effects of the pandemic on our work environments. The firm poured significant R&D spending into these explorations, designing and building entire office interiors and workspaces to showcase its findings.
“Dynamic Spaces,” the most recent episode of Vitra Sessions, finds that the best solution to entice employees back to the office is a hybrid work model with office space that falls somewhere between two of Vitra’s earlier concepts:
Learn more about Vitra’s vision for the post-pandemic office at aninteriormag.com.