Andre Eksteen from Earthworld Architects loves designing furniture but as he runs a busy architectural and interior practice, there never seems to be enough time to realize this passion. That is where Raw Studios comes into the picture, as we have successfully collaborated with the Earthworld team on several occasions. The latest was working together on several concepts they created for the FNB premier banking office space solutions. These are far from traditional office systems and reflect the progressive thinking that is already well known from FNB. Almost reminiscent of the Google workplace, it is open plan, and very feel good, with equal amounts of seriousness and fun. There are Hot desking units that wrap around the users and collaborative plug and play creativity inducing areas that address mobile users’ needs, and team coloured whiteboards for the Premier teams’ brainstorming sessions.
Raw Studios developed these concepts into actual products for Earthworld and supplied these directly to FNB. The response has been very positive. Creating products from highly conceptual ideas is a great challenge and sometimes a hard journey of testing and discovery, with all the accompanying highs and lows of such a process. But that’s just how we do the thing we do.