Creating furniture is one thing… but creating place, now that is where it gets exciting

RAW Studios' inhouse™ - furniture you can live in - modular affordable timber frame buildings and homes @ 100% Design 2019People usually expect big things from Raw Studios at 100% Design and this year, as always, we won’t disappoint. In addition to our collaboration with the curators to create a space for interesting workshops and talks we have been developing a range of sustainable and affordable timber frame buildings and homes that are flexible, adaptable, modular and can be customised to create a very personal home.RAW Studios' modular affordable timber frame buildings and homesFurniture you can live in, for those who demand well-considered design that’s healthy, environmentally responsible, fast and fuss-free.RAW Studios' modular affordable timber frame buildings and homes with plywood I-beams

Raw Studios is much rawer than expected

RAW Studios' highly adaptable Epik plywood furniture leg componentEarlier this year Peet was given the opportunity to talk about his journey with Raw Studios at the Pretoria Institute for Architects’ Ideas Conference.

With 13 years in the making, multiple ranges and 100’s of products available, 45 minutes was just too short to give a complete picture, so we made a short video to introduce Raw Studios and showcase one of our cornerstone products. We put the same thought and care into the making of the video as we do with anything else so please have a look at it here:

The highly adaptable Epik leg component was developed and is now used in over 50 of our product iterations by simply adjusting the length and width of the leg. This design assures that we provide a shorter lead time, create less waste and speed up the installation process.

Crafting furniture to live in, literally…

Nestling: Micro-living container, small living places with engineered wood materials

We took our knowledge of furniture design, engineered materials and CNC manufacturing and applied it at a much larger scale to start creating our new range of furniture you can live in.

Nestling: Micro-living (work-in-progress) container, small living places with engineered wood materialsNestling: Micro-living (work-in-progress) container, small living places with engineered wood materials

RAW Studios Nestling: Micro-living (work-in-progress) container, small living places with engineered wood materials
Nestling is a work-in-progress micro-living container and the beginning of something much bigger.

Nestling: Micro-living (work-in-progress) container, small living places with engineered wood materials

Crafting the container also led us into developing a modular timber structure and semi-permanent dwelling places. We will be giving you a glimpse into the places we’ve started to create at this years’ 100% Design.

Wallspace™: rethink open space

WallSpace modular walling system Office workstation acoustic furniture

WallSpace modular walling system Office meeting acoustic furniture

Everyone knows by now that open plan offices are bad news, and for good reason! No one wants to be in a space where work becomes a battlefield of distractions vying for your attention: Sally’s loud chatter about last night’s date, Thabo’s ridiculous morning smoker’s-cough routine or the umpteenth courier scuffling past with yet another delivery for Valentine’s – – to name just a few.

WallSpace modular walling system Office Open Plan Workspace furniture

With all this noise going on in the background you may not hear us whispering the tales of the new office revolution. What do we mean? you ask. We have the right solution in place to balance out the downfalls of the open plan by offering the best of both ‘open and private office worlds’.

WallSpace modular walling system Office Workplace tall desk chair furniture

It’s called Wallspace™. From now on the open plan office will have way less power to produce headaches and distractions because our modular walling system is designed to improve the workplaces that we spend much of our waking hours in.

WallSpace modular walling system Office Workplace storage furniture

WallSpace modular walling system Office desk chairs furniture

It is the perfect tool to create spaces and environments that improve focus and offer balance for individuals and teams at work. With its partitioning and acoustic capabilities; quiet spaces, meeting spaces and team spaces can easily be configured without the need for costly renovations.

WallSpace modular walling system Office meeting blackboard furniture

The expanding list of capabilities we were drooling over in our previous posts was just the beginning, see how Wallspace quickly transforms open space in the introductory video below:

Curious to see this solution in use at a fully operational workplace? See our article on “They” below…

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