360 degrees of RAW awesome at 100% Design 2018!

RAW Studios Epik Work 100% Design 2018!

Great workspace activation and project specific design and development work share the stage at 100% design this month.

 

We go all out at 100% Design each year and we’re back at it again. This year, from 8-12 August we will be showing some behind the scenes intel on what’s been going down at Raw Studios from project work to new product developments. We even have some crazy 360 degrees virtual walk throughs for fans to immerse themselves in.

So, are you ready to experience Raw-life on a new level? Then leave those dated trade show ideas at home and visit us at stand B36 with an open mind, a virtually open mind as you immerse yourself in our world.

 

Designing for projects means starting from scratch and giving so much more than defined in the brief: It’s Time for Stilts™, part 2…

It’s been more than a year since we introduced you to how Raw applies design supply services to large projects, so we thought it’s time we give you a refresher of what’s been unfolding at the University Pretoria / Earthworld Architects’ Future Africa Institute project and more specifically our Stilts system.

RAW TUKS Stilts Future Africa Institute

Still, remember the first sneak-peak snapshots we sprinkled into your inbox? (Missed it? Don’t stress, see our first steps here.) A lot has happened since then! Where to begin?

RAW TUKS Stilts Future Africa Institute kitchen furniture

Well… Not too long after the sneak peek we took Stilts™ out for a field trip, just to see what she’d look like outside her comfort zone. The feedback was immense, autographs were asked, cameras were flashing, we even had to calm the crowds down. Because you see… Even though she made a great first impression, this was only the start of the Stilts™ journey.

RAW TUKS Stilts Future Africa Institute study furniture

Fast forward to the present day. The Future Africa Institute construction is well underway and completion on the project is drawing ever closer. Soon after the construction dust settles, Africa’s next generation of scientists, researchers and bright minds will be working their magic from these new study headquarters.

RAW TUKS Stilts Future Africa Institute study desk shelf furniture

Words from the client: Raw not only delivered on all the requirements of the brief but the resulting system turned out easy to install and super useful as well as quirky and elegant. Stilts has, to a large extent, defined the look and feel of the residential interiors on this project.

Greenhouse

RAW Epik workspace range Greenhouse office work life furniture

Despite all the project specific design/supply happening in the background, our Epik workspace range is proving itself as adaptable and timeless as ever with more and more businesses seeing value in a well-considered workplace.

A client recently approached us, stating that “Our workspace had become a grey, muted and uninventive environment, with staff members confined to their desks, silently completing one task after the next and shying away from others behind their cubicles”.

When Raw was asked to help, we knew immediately that beyond the essential focus work areas, the office needed agile spaces, spaces which encourage change and enable new ways of working without restrictions. Here’s the low down of how we transformed their offices:

RAW Epik workspace range Greenhouse office work life canteen furnitureRAW Epik workspace range Greenhouse office work life workstation desk storage furniture

Firstly, places where employees could meet up and merge ideas were introduced to break outdated rows of tables. We added a standpoint to the mix to let innovation sprout by enabling co-creation moments.

RAW Epik workspace range Greenhouse office work life standpoint workstation desk furniture

Then, we added pause areas to help change the rhythm of the workplace and offer a moment to refuel.

RAW Epik workspace range Greenhouse office work life collaboration pod furnitureRAW Epik workspace range Greenhouse office work life collaboration desk chairs furniture

Also, to get employees out of their seats, to come together and brainstorm, a hub was added making collaborations and presentations easier.

RAW Epik workspace range Greenhouse office work life flex-space collaboration hub furniture

Take a walk through the project and look around in this 360° video for an immersive experience of work Epik.

A month down the line, we chatted to the client about their new workspace, and this time their tune had changed: ”Raw Studios equipped us with the tools needed to draw people out to engage in impromptu interactions, to share inspiration and get ideas flowing freely. It was an innovation game-changer for us”.

RAW Epik workspace range Greenhouse office work life furniture

WallSpace™: If you build it… designers will solve great things with it.

While Stilts (haven’t read about this system? Catch up here…) has been evolving through its various development phases, another design supply product has been running parallel on quite a different track.

Peter Matthews from MAAA approached us at Raw Studios to develop a system for a new project also headed by the University of Pretoria namely the Javett UP Art Centre. They needed an exhibition and museum walling system for the vast gallery spaces. One that is modular (music to our ears), cost effective (of course), simple (keep going) and easy to install (at this point we are jumping up and down. This project is right up our alley)

The result: Meet WallSpace™ a multifunctional walling system that adapts and provides the backdrop for stories, spaces and artwork to come alive.

RAW Studios WallSpace multifunctional free standing walling system

Besides meeting the brief requirements, we took the design a step further and now the WallSpace™ system is providing promising avenues to solve issues for sparse open plan spaces.

RAW Studios WallSpace multi functional walling system manufacturing frame vacuum press

We are drooling over this expanding list of capabilities:

1.  Lightweight 
2. Freestanding 

RAW Studios WallSpace multi functional walling system lightweight modular

3. Multifunctional

RAW Studios WallSpace multi functional walling system acoustic design

4. Acoustic capabilities
5. Screening

RAW Studios WallSpace multi functional walling system screening

The system is still in its infancy but has already revealed countless opportunities within the workplace too. Curious? Yep us too! Keep your eyes on the look out for the continued development of the new WallSpace™ system and be ready for some mind-blowing possibilities.

RAW Studios WallSpace multi functional walling system screening

Re-workshop

RAW Studios' Whole Workshop working
Round and round she goes…

Could it make a substantial difference in cost efficiency and cut down significantly on waste if smaller workshops followed the design principles around larger production lines? Damn right it could. We reimagined and reorganized our production processes to follow closed loop (circular) systems to get closer to a production line that optimizes space, resources and energy.

RAW Studios Workshop Brush Sander
Brush it off…

Would thinking of a different solution to a difficult problem, even if it took a few years and wasn’t available in the country, make a for a big leap forward? Absolutely! We have wanted to utilize brush sanders for sanding complex parts but it was never in our financial grasp until recently when Chinese manufacturers started producing these sanders at very competitive prices. Our capacity for work and speed of finishing has shot up exponentially, and the savings will come straight back to our clients.

The last time we doubled our capacity in this way was when we started using CNC routers to cut parts and it has built and shaped Raw ever since. We expect many to follow… as was the case then.

RAW Studios Workshop Computer
Chromebits to the people

If internet browsers could run apps and add-ons that could assist in running a workshop smoothly by keeping everyone informed about what, how and when things should be done at a fraction of the price of conventional software, would it be useful to deploy? Hell yeah!
We did just that and we are already reaping the benefits of this new super useful and simple technological leg-up. In true Raw fashion, we also produced the enclosures for our new lean machines.

RAW Studios' Clean Workshop
She cleans up nicely…

Would workers really be a lot safer, healthier and more focused if they did not have to deal with noise and dust all day and if they worked in a clean and simplified environment? Oh yeah they would!
Nice clean epoxy on the floors, a lick of paint on the walls and a powerful extraction system has helped to transform our workshop from dodgy to darling. Combined with a “war on clutter” and an “everything has a place” campaign it is simply incredible what a difference it makes to the care and pride that goes into our own workspace now.
Come and see for yourself by visiting us (on appointment, mail peet@rawstudios.co.za) and eat your lunch off our floors!