See for yourself how our Spyne system will shape work spaces in future.

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Spyne Raw Studios New Modular Office furniture sytem range

Workspace design has made an evolutionary leap once again and we’re on a mission to bring everybody up to speed. We also realise that sudden change can be shocking to some, so we broke it down in story format to ease you into it.

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Spyne™ will evolve into the ultimate set of tools for designers and space-planners to create well considered yet dense systems that are most importantly aimed at bringing teams together to collaborate freely. Within the “string” or “spine” there are solutions for all types of meaningful work: there are focused and quiet work areas, team and collaborative applications, but also reception hubs, bulk storage, pods and even phone booths. Spyne™ is still a work in progress; so join us for the ongoing conversation.

Spyne Raw Studios New Modular Office furniture plywood sytem range

So what’s the big idea anyway, I hear you ask….

The central core or “spine” of the system consists of beautifully simple leg frames in three different heights, combined with slotted panels which form a lockable box construction for personal storage, cable management, stationary and the like. Other components and functional elements are cantilevered off of this stable core and, depending how these are configured, could potentially accommodate solutions to most modern workspace challenges such as standing and sitting work and meeting stations, and a whole series of co-space applications or highly collaborative team spaces.

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Join us if you dare! … and get rewarded.

Ready to forget what you think you know about workspace design solutions and join us in a fresh conversation? We are showing our brand new Spyne™ system concept at INspire trade-only show from 1-3 June at Gallagher Estate JHB, exhibition stand CON10, and would love to hear what you think about it.

Visit us on the show and quote the concepts tagline: Spyne™, because we evolve, and the first 25 people will receive one of our now famous Standup™ plywood laptop stands. We would love to see you there!

Spyne, because we evolve

Spyne Raw Studios New Modular Office furniture sytem range

Spyne Raw Studios New Modular Office furniture sytem range

Making Love In The Workshop… For The Love Of Making.

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Making Love In The Workshop… For The Love Of Making.

Its not only eager hands caressing curvaceous forms, surfaces coated in glistening spray and slow rhythmic massage like (sanding) movements that shows how much we love making things.

The love of making is both a serious and a fun thing at Raw and we have been balancing these two states for 10 years now and learnt a lot in the process. Yes, it’s now a well oiled (pun intended) combination of people and machines that bring our systems to life, but in the end its really the people with their unique character and approach to innovation and problem solving that keeps our environment and works fresh and interesting.

Making homegrown solutions (a technical fix) (clamp) - Raw Studios office furniture workshop

Making homegrown solutions (a technical fix) (clamp)

Recently, one of the quick clamps’ plastic handles broke, as plastic sometimes does, Sydney simply followed the culture set down by Thys and I that promotes making use of local solutions. From birch plywood he fashioned a quite intricate new handle using small power and hand tools, and as long as the replacement part isn’t forced excessively (as the makeshift instructions bids the user) it should last fro a long time. I thought that was pretty nifty.

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Making new connections between old ideas.

That is essentially what creativity is… making new connections where there previously there were none, and that’s exactly what Albert did when he needed an extra chair in the workshop. Only he went a step further and fashioned a chair by using existing chair parts but assembling them in a different way. Sure its not going to win a beauty contest and its also not that comfy, but a brand new connection was made and that will encourage others to follow suit.

Raw Studios office furniture workshop cnc plywood cut

Making the cut, perfectly. The CNC shop “eyes on the cut”

For two years now we have been doing our own CNC cutting in a shop set up for that purpose after outsourcing this function for many years. Painos, with no experience and no formal training stepped up to the plate and took to operating CNC machines like a fish to water. He still rules this domain, ever vigilant for mistakes or issues and forever with his eyes fixed to the cut.

Raw Studios office furniture workshop jobcard - deadlines and projects

Making good on promises (deadlines and projects)

Job cards are issued and deadlines are discussed. Clients are called by their names and their hopes and wishes are noted. Deadlines are a serious business and the guys in the workshop take great pride in finishing a project and getting it out to the client before (cause we hate stress) the deadline.

We love what we do, we love to make.

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Rollo Stool – Coming Soon

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When development started on the Rollo stool we had two clear aims that we wanted to achieve. Firstly, it had to be a true flat-pack object that was quick to assemble, using only the inherent strength properties of the birch plywood and no mechanical fixings. Secondly, it had to be so efficiently produced that we could offer it at a very competitive price.

To achieve this we employed a “stress” joint developed months earlier for a much smaller object, scaled this up and started prototyping and tweaking through a series of models until we were happy with the integrity of the jointed construction. Form followed innovation in this case, as we set to work on a series of experimentations in form while constantly being aware of optimal material usage. Discovering that we could produce another new product on the same piece of material, utilizing the areas that would normally be wasted during the machining process, meant that we achieved increased efficiency and lower cost per unit.

Rollo will be ‘tested’ on the public during the Food Wine Design Fair (23 – 25 November 2012, Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre Rooftop). We are obviously hoping for lots of good (or bad) feedback to guide us in further development.

Raw is branching out

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takke

The latest addition to the Raw product family is Takke, an Afrikaans word for ‘tree branches’.

You may well ask what this “Takke” we are alluding to is? “Takke” is a wall-mounted coat rack with its shape and form inspired by and derived from the simplified silhouettes of tree branches. The branch structure lends itself naturally to the shaping of hooks and hanging spaces. These natural hooks and hangers are what attracted our attention initially and formed the biggest inspiration for the design. Precedents for coat rack design are readily available. Few acknowledge the origins of the design. We aim to rectify this.

Inherently the shape of tree branches does not lend itself to a modular simplistic design, nor to the cost-effective use of materials, but at Raw Studios our design philosophy is driven by such essential goals.

We considered the various aspects of the designs and combined them with the instinctive jointing techniques we make use of. The product that finally emerged is esthetically pleasing and functional. It also boasts of exceptional economical use of materials and resources.

Once Takke is officially launched in all its varying configurations, we believe this product will successfully branch out into many interiors and into people’s hearts.


Klik FS™: Free… and still standing

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We get it! …… An important part of innovation is listening to clients’ needs (and fears). As Raw has always been obsessed with making things easier for users, it is just natural that our systems should constantly evolve. Apart from the small tweaks we perform for our larger projects, we at times make substantial changes or add features to our workhorse systems, effectively creating something new and infinitely more useful while retaining the essence of what made the system so popular.

An example of this was when we started brainstorming the idea of creating a freestanding version of our most popular product, the Klik™ storage system. By adding two well balanced, cnc manufactured steel legs to the side of the backing board and holding it all together with laser-cut plates that slide into the steel profile, we then allowed gravity do the rest of the work.

By making the Klik™ system freestanding, we effectively lower the threshold for clients who feel they don’t want to bother with fixing that beautifully crafted backing board to the wall or feel they are not DIY savvy enough to wield an impact drill. But it is more involved than just that. We have widened the range of applications of the Klik™ system. We can now transform this already super adaptable and useful system into a fully fledged office system with reiterations already prototyped for modular partitioning, workstations, collaborative spaces and hot desking pods.

Klik™ has been used in private, commercial and retail environments with great results, plus the range of components available is constantly increasing in number and evolving in use. Please watch this space as Klik FS will be going into production in the next month or so and is set to excite the modular furniture market.