“We get it, and we love it!” say judges at 100% Design.

RAW Studios' 100% Design - Best Office Furniture Design AwardWhat a great feeling when we get recognition for our work on workspace furniture and systems that make workdays more productive, healthy and enjoyable. We have been bringing fresh thinking into a rather unimaginative office furniture industry and the waves that we have made have not gone unnoticed… Hence this award.

Thank you to all our existing clients that have seen the light, the need for change and the value of considering workspace and not just populating it. And to the curious change agents out there, give us a call or contact us to see how we can help to transform your workspace…

RAW Studios 100% Design Joburg 2017 - Best Office Design Award
RAW Studios 100% Design Joburg 2017 - Best Office Design
RAW Studios 100% Design Joburg 2017 - Best Office Design
RAW Studios 100% Design Joburg 2017 - Best Office Design
RAW Studios 100% Design Joburg 2017 - Best Office Design
RAW Studios 100% Design Joburg 2017 - Best Office Design Award
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RAW Studios for 100% Office 2017


https://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/raw-studios-for-100-office-2017/

Successful modern offices are all about collaboration and creative input, which is why 100% Design South Africa is proud to announce that it will be collaborating with Gauteng-based Raw Studios for the 2017 100% Office feature – one of the key curated events at the show.

In previous years, 100% Office has showcased the talents of leading interior designer Liam Mooney (2015) and In-house Design Studio (2016). This year, the ever-innovative Raw Studios will present inspiring modular office furniture systems that are locally designed and manufactured from sustainably sourced timber.

“Raw Studios are no strangers to the 100% Design landscape,” says the show’s Creative Director, Laurence Brick of Platform Creative Agency. “Raw Studio is not only a past exhibitor, but the studio created the official media lounge last year. Because Raw’s functional desking was so well received in this space, we decided to extend the invitation to the studio to be the centre of attention in the office arena. The 100% Office display will be surrounded the Inspired Workspace sector, comprising other leading office exhibitors, all showcasing the latest office trends and designs.”

Together, 100% Office and Inspired Workspace make for a trade-focused zone that will satisfy corporate and commercial design needs. It’s all about encapsulating the latest directions in contemporary office furniture design, from flooring, surface design, sound-proofing, co-working spatial layouts, state-of-the-art seating, and partitioning and height-adjustable desking.

According to Raw Studio’s Creative Director Peet van Straaten: “The new collaborative, connected workplace is not only about redefining our mindset about what furniture we need and how our space can be reconfigured to be effective. It also requires a new appraisal of how people and technology interact for the benefit of employer and employee. The technology revolution offers new potential that will require all of us to embrace flexibility to change how we work and collaborate.”

After more than a decade of research into office needs, Raw Studios has engineered an office system that is ergonomic, affordable and practical, but also beautifully designed.

“The system addresses the more traditional functions and layouts present in office environments as well as cutting-edge thinking around mobile and highly connected modern office environments,” Van Straaten explains. “This includes hot-desking and the very necessary flexible-use space between and around traditional workspaces.”

Alongside 100% Office, visitors can engage with a host of office-oriented companies that make up the Inspired Workspace section of the hall, including Upstart Office, Krost and GXA Office Furniture Solutions. Also on view are desking and seating solutions from Ergoform, and crafted commercial carpeting from Monn.

100% Design South Africa, encompassing 100% Office, will take place from 9 – 13 August 2017 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Gauteng.

source: Leading Architecture & Design – 24 July 2017 : https://www.leadingarchitecture.co.za/raw-studios-for-100-office-2017/

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Workers Rise Up! Join the movement!

Workers Rise Up! Join the movement!
Something is stirring deep within the belly of our beautiful motherland and it’s time that workers everywhere rise up and show that they have had enough!

“Had enough of what?” the unenlightened employer may ask.

At RAW we are fighting the system, the system that keeps providing us with ill conceived, unsustainable, badly designed and ridiculously pollutive office furniture and workspaces. The same antiquated system that treats employees as numbers and doesn’t acknowledge health and wellbeing.

It’s 2017, for Pete’s sake, the world has moved on and so has the workplace. Let’s abolish that outdated ‘thinking’ of what an office is and acknowledge the right to healthy, ergonomic and just generally well considered workplaces that we, the lifeblood of companies everywhere, deserve.

The unenlightened employers may say: “What is even the use of this ‘workspace movement’ shenanigans? Everyone just sits at a computer and slaves away. It is not a playground. We are here to work, it’s serious business.”

To them we say, Consider this: Creativity is now widely considered the main driving force within business and the creation of spaces that are directly inducive to creative thinking and furthers easy collaboration between colleagues, is a prerequisite of companies at the cutting edge of innovation. By ignoring the movement companies will risk: stagnating, falling behind and being unable to retain valuable human talent.

So what are the workers’ demands? How do companies turn this around and avoid an uprising?

For starters:

1. More innovation and creativity

Old offices restrict us, and instil fear into our creative minds*. We are scared of doing something bold, because our environments don’t encourage or facilitate it.

The dated 70s colour palette of beige and yellows and browns, accentuated with orangey wooden laminate textures, overdosed with stacks of paper and files is not going to encourage the brain to think outside the box.

inspiring workspaces = out of the box ideas = innovation = improved turnover
RAW Studios Nandos workspace design *Note: ‘creative’ is mentioned as an umbrella term that not only includes art and design, but also a universal creativity, for example; taking on plans differently, making changes to the regular routines, making an innovating process that can or will benefit the company, learning new programs… creativity is not just colours and paints and graphics; it’s the way you do the norm differently.

2. Healthier environments

Properly designed workplaces do not have Volatile Organic Compounds floating around, turning our brains into mush and causing respiratory problems. They do not cause long term injuries or ailments.

healthy workspace = healthy individuals = enjoy workRAW Studios Pods Worklife

3. Improved employee/colleague retention

Add value to the working day by supplying us with user- centred furniture and spatial design. We immediately enjoy being at the office, minimising the risk of losing us to opposition.

successful design = improved staff retentionRAW Studios Open plan office design

4. Increased collaboration and sense of community

The spatial planning and furniture design of the workplace will make a company an inviting and uplifting environment that encourages participation and a sense of belonging amongst colleagues.
There won’t be any room for alienation anymore.

community =  considered workspace  = collaborationRAW Studios Collaboration Spaces

5. Higher productivity rates

By bringing in healthy, lighter and well planned workplaces, we can get the most out of ourselves, each other or our employees. User- centred design ensures comfort and considers the senses of the user occupying the space. Comfort ensures we can focus on the task at hand and not get distracted by trivial annoyances of the space we must work in.

user comfort =  ergonomic workspace = uninterrupted focus RAW Studios Nando's Workspace

So when all the above- mentioned aspects are brought together, a holistic, full circle of benefits emerges and improves the work life of all.

RAW Studios New Offices infographics

We can help.

RAW Studios, is more than a ‘furniture company’, we actually design furniture that has your health and comfort in mind. We are standing up for everyone, calling for action! Demand quality and comfort and transform your office into a healthy, user-centred workspace! It is a right we should all put into practice.


Now, we know we’re not like most furniture supplier/designers, with a showroom in the centre of town. We’ve rooted ourselves in the calming countryside, where our beautiful surrounds keep us energized and inspired to innovate. But this does not mean you should be a stranger, give us a call and make an appointment to see how we operate on our lovely hilled landscape.