How will we work tomorrow? It is a topic on everyone’s lips, but hardly anyone asks the question, ‘How do we create more and new corporate values?’ A turning point lies ahead: it is time to rethink work methods and forms of organisation, and to move away from established routines.
Agility is one of Vitra’s central concepts when it comes to thinking of new ways of designing workspaces. Its roots lie in George Nelson’s and Robert Probst’s Action Office, a system developed for Vitra and launched in the mid-1960s. These ideas have since been in constant evolution and have been the base of some of Vitra’s most interesting and successful designs, such as the Citizen Office, created by Andrea Branzi, Michele de Luca and Ettore Sottsass in the early 1990s, Sevil Peach’s Network Office in 1999, Net’n’Nest in 2006, which promotes communication and quite retreat in open-plan offices, and the Office of Options in 2012.
The meaning of agile working today originates from digital technology and is an organisational and work philosophy that differs radically from the practices of most traditional companies.
This should be reflected in the flexibility of their offices and furnishings. Work spaces should evolve over time, growing with the needs of companies and their staff. Adaptive work spaces dissolve disciplinary boundaries and distinctions between work and play, allowing for a work-as-pleasure environment.