The countdown has started… The world is coming to Africa.

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Future Africa Institute Artist Sketch RAW

Imagine an existing space where human, space and object are intertwined, where interaction is a core aspect of creating synergy between humans and their environment.

Future Africa Institute site construction

Well, stop imagining because this concept is already in the making at the Future Africa Institute, a campus for international students aimed at creating a holistic and interactive environment. Earthworld Architects’design addresses the often disconnectedness formed in the built environment by making the user an integral part of the context. The design is human centred, and creates a sense of belonging for the user.

Africa Instute Construction RAW collaboration

Where does RAW fit into the picture you ask?

Earthworld Architects and the University of Pretoria, brought us on board to apply our unique furniture design to the new thinking that Future Africa Institute encompasses.

With such an exciting project, we didn’t hesitate to take on the challenge.

Staying true to modular systems, we’re approaching this range from a different perspective, and giving a fresh take on everyday furniture and spaces while pushing our core design ideas of considered simplicity, efficiency in production and of course… lovability. The range will be easy to assemble, install and move as it uses minimum permanent fixing.

RAW is ready to go all out with this range and explore all the possibilities on offer. Stay tuned for details early 2017. In the meantime, here are a few snapshots of what we’ve been up to for this project:

RAW Studios plywood furniture systems wall mounted - Africa Institute Construction RAW Studios plywood furniture systems Africa Instute ConstructionRAW Studios plywood furniture systems living space storage cupboard -

Jo’burg’s who’s who.

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Ditulo Office Furniture Engineers is a Johannesburg-based company making waves within the office design market. Providing a niche service for clients and suppliers, Ditulo embraces quality and promotes holistic and collaborative approaches to workplace design.Raw Studios Isla Ditulo Office Furniture EngineersThe name behind the company’s success is Isla Galloway-Gaul. A woman of integrity with smart business sense and a down- to- earth personality. Isla’s invested time in Ditulo made the company’s turnover increase by more than a 100 percent in 2015.

This year Isla and her team, celebrated the company’s growth, by inviting all the big names and showcasing the incredible products and brands Ditulo is in collaboration with. Along with high-end brands Humanscale, Bene and Okamura, RAW received some prime showroom space to showcase our now widely used Epik office system.

Our Epik range stood loud and proud in the centre of the event, complemented by the Blimp, our larger- than- life collaboration pod that sparked many a conversation about where office space and workplace design is moving towards. Our Laptop StandUp’s also caused a stir when attendees tried to assemble the parts on the fly.Collage Ditulo Office Furniture Engineers DesignersWe are privileged to be able to partner with a company that believes in changing the office environment to one that is more considered, inclusive and comfortable.

Confessions of our latest RAW member.

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Raw Studios new member BianceThis Visi magazine featured designer reveals her 4 funniest experiences being new to furniture design and RAW.

1. Avoid stereotypes.

On my first visit, I expected a grimy old chaotic workshop full of mounds of saw dust , furniture parts scattered everywhere and sad fluorescent lights flickering overhead. To my surprise Raw Studios was the complete opposite. I kept hearing booming music, (must be from a nearby party, I thought. Nope.) It was from the workshop, an organised, clean and inviting one at that. The employees play music of their choice while they get on with their work seamlessly.Raw Studios workshop music employees

2. Leave summer styles behind.

First few weeks of work is stressful for any newcomer on a job, every decision is made with some mental debate first (making every decision take 3 times longer). Little did I know it would start at my feet. One morning I was calmly told to sit down (my head was racing at the time, what line did I overstep??) and told… my shoe choice wasn’t appropriate. My little sandals weren’t a match for the fast-moving workshop conditions and the existence of toes aren’t to be taken for granted. Hard tip shoes it will be from now on.Raw Studios workshop hard tip shoes sandals

3. Tools are friends not foes.

Working with machines, tools and saws, has never fallen into one of my comfort zones, yet my interest is piqued more now than ever before. So, when a nail gun is held out to me to do the next row, my first assumption is I should just hold the gun until its asked for again. Well that thought was a mistake, especially when I was expected to finish the rest of the task. P.S. Note to self: don’t get a fright every time a nail is shot into the workpiece.Raw Studios workshop power tools

4. A new language needs to be learned.

When new products are designed, or made, things move fast. A sentence barely needs to be finished before the other one understands what needs to be done.

Peet “So we move the part here..”
Thys: “Yes, okay.”
Peet: “Actually, do you know what will be even better? …”
Thys: “Yes, I’ll change that now”

All the while I’m thinking: Wait.. What? What’s being changed? Where did the last paragraph of this conversation go? Some telepathic communication is underway here.

Ever been curious about Raw Studios and 100% Design?

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Spyne 100% Design Show stand

We have exhibitions in two areas at 100% Design, the exciting trade show that runs from this Friday until Tuesday the 9th. We will be showing a more refined and developed Spyne system on stand D33, as well as our well known Epiksystem applications in the events own press lounge.

So if you have ever wanted to get a look and feel at Raw Studios legendary quality and real design for your next project realization, then this is the time to swing by and treat yourself.
100 percent Design 2016100 percent design 2016 - 5 to 9 August

 

 

 

 

The future is now! And we are part of it.

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On the 14th July Baker Baynes hosted the first part of our three-part series on architecture. The theme of the evening was Software & Design: Does it Help or Hinder?

The Raw Studios team was invited as guest speakers and Baker Baynes BIM specialist, Jani Bester, had this to report back:

RAW studios presented to an audience of mostly architects and interior designers and challenged many to rethink the way fabrication and joinery is done in the architecture and built environment. With the Blimp they demonstrated how their principles and philosophy’s can be adopted in various different industries. Robots are gaining traction when it comes to the highly precise construction of geometrically complex assemblies. Architects and designers can now use machines to create larger, permanent structures plus with advancements in robotic technologies (like the gesture controlled robot) designers can have fun with their tools again. The RAW studios team showed how technology plays a critical role in design and manufacturing. They have adopted new ways of designing and creating and the result is beautiful.

For more on this event and future plans please read the full write up here:

Baker Baynes architectural design series part 1
On Thursday, 14 July Baker Baynes hosted the first part of our three-part series on architecture. The theme of the evening was Software & Design: Does it Help or Hinder? Many enthusiastic professionals came along to find out more about Autodesk software and share their industry experience. Richard Smedley-Williams, Baker Baynes managing director, kicked off …

A look at what’s going on in the design industry
Peet van Straaten and Thys Kotze from RAW Studios showed how industry professionals are using CAD software. This product design and supply company specialises in design, protyping and production of high quality furniture. The RAW team demonstrated how they make modular plywood furniture systems by using CNC machining processes … (more)