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:

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Firstly, places where employees could meet up and merge ideas were introduced to break outdated rows of tables.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.

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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

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!

Work_life like minds

Work_life like minds - RAW

One of our core missions at Raw Studios is to improve the workplace of today, and to make corporate industries understand the need for healthier, considered and quality-centred spaces in an office.

This mission faces uphill battles some days and victories on others, but the process is all the more worthwhile when we come across like minded organisations investigating the notion of future workspace and how we all need to alter our thinking and change the workplace to ensure positive experiences.

Two of those organisations are; local Integrative Consulting and international ARUP, who emphasise the importance on how the workplace needs to evolve to ensure beneficial outcomes for the employee, employer, and stakeholders.

Click on the links below to read more…

ARUP: http://www.driversofchange.com/projects/living-workplace-2/ →

Integrative consulting: http://www.integrativeconsulting.co.za/case-creative-work-space-part-1/ →

 

References:

  1. ARUP.(2017). Living workspace. ARUP foresight. Available at: http://www.driversofchange.com/projects/living-workplace-2/. [Accessed 2017/08/15].
  2. Columbine, N. (2016) The Case for Creative Workspace – the human factor in contemporary workplace design and innovation – Part I. Integrative consulting. Available at: http://www.integrativeconsulting.co.za/case-creative-work-space-part-1/.

Fresh New Project

Raw Studios products chosen on Cape Town training centres for FNB.

First National Bank maintains high standards when it comes to training their staff so why should it be any different when it comes to furnishing and beautifying their workspaces. From the first interface with the training centre at reception to within the deep inner workings of the training spaces Raw Studios had been selected to bring a unique look and feel to these interiors.

We have a crew in Cape Town to install this project and the images here are fresh from our foreman just to show how great it’s starting to look.

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Birth of a new kind of awesome… it’s Stilts™

So you’ve watched the teaser video, above, right? Good, now let’s get you up to speed with the rest of the story.

In our last blog newsletter we gave a little taste of a current project for the University of Pretoria , which sparked the development of a brand new furniture range. (Didn’t read it? Find out more by clicking on this link: …).

The Stilts Range.

RAW Studios Stilts

Is a new living- centred system that can adapt to our ever changing environments, be it at home or in the workspace. This range can easily be customized to suit not only your needs but also your wants.

It’s just too exciting to keep it to ourselves! So, we’re going to shed some light on the range as we go along.

RAW Studios Stilts living furniture
These images are only the tip of the iceberg of what The Stilts can do. And to be honest, it’s kind of crazy how we just keep discovering new possibilities and solutions within this range. We’re starting to wonder if it even has limits…

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We’re looking forward to seeing where the Stilt’s road takes us and will keep you updated on developments. Give us a shout and let us know what you think.