Nandos and Raw in hot, hot, hot Combo.

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When the South African success story, Nandos, decided to revamp its spiritual home in Lorentzville Johannesburg, where it started trading over two decades ago, it was bound to be anything but a
run-of-the-mill project.

Nandos Central kitchen project / home in Lorentzville Johannesburg

The brief was a collaboration with industry veteran, Tracy Lynch, who curated the relationship between Nandos and exceptional South African designer/makers. Rather than a design showcase, it focused on creating a hard-working space for a large workforce, they themselves articulating a unique and authentic ZAesthetic, true to the feisty Nandos’ spirit.

Nandos home in Lorentzville Johannesburg

There followed an exceptional year of conceptualising, liaising, communicating, collaborating, producing and delivering. This culminated, near the end of 2014, in the launch of Central Kitchen, an expansive, interconnected campus of seven buildings.

Nandos home in Lorentzville Johannesburg

Originally approached to supply the, now famous, Ikonik and Klik system products, Raw Studios presented a mock-up of the Offis™ system. The clients were won over by the superior combination of quality, ruggedness, real design, and the honest price tag; and so, the contract for the complete office workstation and storage solution was awarded to Raw – a contract second in value only to that of the main contractor.

Nandos home in Lorentzville Johannesburg

In addition to the main office furniture component, Raw studios, amongst others, also supplied chairs, discussion- and training-tables.

Additional orders have been rolling in since the end of the project. On top of this, Raw have now also been included in the prestigious Nandos’ Design Collection, one of only five companies nationwide. This further strengthens an already inspiring and powerful relationship between the two companies. See our next blog > new chair.

The Central kitchen project will undoubtedly be appreciated as an historical and pivotal South African creative collaboration and Raw Studios is proud to have had a significant role to play.

Nandos Central kitchen project

All Raw Products at last year’s prices and the most important KLIK component now 25% more affordable.

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We are delaying our yearly price increase for another 30 days to give our existing and new clients a chance to purchase our products at last year’s prices. As a bonus thank you from us, we also offer the following amazing deals:

By permanently lowering the cost by 25% of the KLIK ™system Backing board, undoubtedly the most important component in the range, we’re making it more affordable for people to own one of our top selling products.

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To add to the specials, we are giving away 1 Standup™ laptop or tablet stand for every 3 Rollo™ purchased by the end of August. If that is not enough, we will be giving away 1 Standup™ laptop or tablet stand for the first 10 purchases of R1 000.00 or more on all other products.

Be sure to get it before the end of August!

Social Sustainability: South Africa’s Top Ten Designers. As named by theculturetrip.

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House and Leisure, Fouche House in Southdownshttp://theculturetrip.com/africa/south-africa/articles/top-ten-south-african-designers/

Raw Studios: Working predominantly in Birch plywood, Raw is committed to creating its furniture systems using sustainably sourced and environmentally responsible materials. Based in Pretoria, Raw Studios is now a culmination of a 16 year creative journey that has seen the company come up with a vast number of exciting and innovative designs. An example of this is the Klik™ system, a modular storage system that allows for an endless amount of possibilities that can cater to stores, offices, and even home workstations or children’s bedrooms. Compiled of an array of elements such as shelving, worktops, storage boxes, cupboards etc. each item can simply ‘klik’ into the base panel and be rearranged as often as is needed. A creative and yet simple system, Klik™ is the sort of thing that changes the way we think about design and utility.

Klik FS™: Free… and still standing

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New Klik Free Standing System

New Klik Free Standing System

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.