Vitra’s Raphael Gielgen has spent most of his professional life working on making the office environment a better place. His curiosity for architecture, technology and social change in the context of working environments drives him on.

At DSS Europe 2018, Gielgen will present: The Art of Constantly Reinventing the Personal Future – Reboot your Office for the Next Economy

Tomorrow’s most successful companies are driven by curiosity and creativity. This is impacting everything from how we learn, to how we work and where we live, leading to a shift away from efficiency.

Curiosity is the catalyst for some of today’s most innovative and game-changing ideas and products. Gielgen will argue that we should be thinking in terms of ‘return on inspiration’ and creating a new driver for the economy. The will to innovate requires communication, experience and transparency in further space patterns. The blueprint of these spaces are typologies like labs, co-working spaces, speed factories and shared workshops.

The next economy spaces of the 21stcentury are highly flexible and optimised environments where the entire community of hackers, makers, co-workers and developers thrive, that will adapt and scale quickly, and that are orchestrated and designed to spawn the products and services of tomorrow.

Always on a journey to discover how tomorrow’s workplace will look, Raphael regularly meets business leaders, architects and designers: a community who can put this knowledge to the service of society. His work informs Vitra ́s approach to improving the quality of offices and public spaces through the power of design by serving the Vitra team with the results of his observations and cognitions.

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Tickets to DSS Europe allows access on both days to the conference and exhibition area, as well as to the evening event on 4 July. Included in the conference ticket price are all beverages, lunch on both days and food and beverages at the evening event. The standard ticket price is €690 (plus VAT). For further information and registration for the event, please visit: