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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We are drooling over this expanding list of capabilities:

1.  Lightweight 
2. Freestanding 

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3. Multifunctional

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4. Acoustic capabilities
5. Screening

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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

“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
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Our new award winning Work_epik products are here to steal the show, and for good reason…

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Designed for flexibility and engagement on sooo many levels, the new additions also don’t hold back on “epik-ness”.

For the last few months we have been engaged in developing what we believe are products that will help activate and energise the workplace and specifically help teams to do their thing effectively. At 100% Design this year we launched some new products into our Epik range, for the 100% office feature, to show how offices are evolving for the better.

We were ecstatic to find out that our solution to the modern workplace, stood its ground among large office furniture companies to come out on top as the “BEST OFFICE DESIGN 2017”!

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Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the award winning Work_epik range!

 

#1 Standpoint.

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Essentially a standing meeting, brainstorming or simply a connecting point. Here you can plug in (and charge) your devices and have a formal or informal meeting, a quick brainstorm or a full-on work session. Equipped with a monitor arm, a light and even a place for greenery and stationery, you would be hard pressed to find it wanting anything but respect.

At a comfortable height to work standing, this table encourages you to get up and work from what is  believed to be a more healthy “standpoint”. For those who would like to elevate themselves to the next level while still remaining seated,  they can make use of the new Din+™ tall task chair and conveniently sit and work at this new height.

Standing tall at 870mm , 2400mm long and 1100mm wide, this new table is big enough to accommodate you, your co-workers and even the random guy you met at the water cooler.

Looking to equip this boy will all the bells and whistles? Well look no further, Standpoint™ can house electrical reticulation, a stationery compartment and a planter box. Another great add-on is the monitor arm, providing a platform for digital presentations and a sleek lamp to light up the darker days.

 

#2 Hub.

RAW Studios Work_epik hub

A multifunctional, mobile and very flexible station where teams come alive. Hub can be moved around and deployed wherever great team work happens. It carries chairs and tables on its back and is loaded with collaboration-infusing features such as a magnetic whiteboard, a monitor and charging ports. Hub has got your back… and your front.

The compact mobile design allows you to use the hub in many workplace settings. Nestled in the centre, the stacking chairs provide convenient seats that can be deployed as necessary. Laptop tables add the necessary portable worksurfaces, for those that need a surface to work on.

When the brainstorming is over and you are ready to present your work simply swivel the unit around and the monitor can be used to get your ideas across.

The hub comes equipped with 4 stacking chairs, 2 laptop tables, a storage compartment, electrical reticulation, a white board and a monitor bracket. All that functionality packs into the compact size of 1700 x 600 mm, allowing you to place it just about anywhere.

RAW Studios Work_epik hub

 

#3 Pod.

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If it’s quiet contemplation, important calls, focused work or a core team meeting that you need, this quirky space has been re-designed to give more options in use and is now easier to open up to the world out there or close up to forget about the world out there.

The pod comes in two sizes of a cozy 1200mm x 700mm or a spacious 1600 x 700mm. As with the other Epik products, the pod can also be equipped with electrical reticulation to keep you connected.

Let’s get into the “more-options” feature of the pod: to continue the RAW modular and innovative design language, we’ve equipped the pod with three user modes.

 

The Tub Couch

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Before growing tall, the pod can be ordered as a tub couch, kitted out with the necessary essentials of reticulation and comfy upholstered cushions, armrests are added to extend the comfort further. Alone or as a pair, the tub couch is perfect for reception areas, individual offices or open break spaces.
 

The High Back Couch

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The semi private high back couch comes kitted with the essentials of the tub couch but with extended sides and back . If you are tired of the world out there but don’t want to be cut off from it, then this option will suit you perfectly! The tall couch aims to provide a pause space, for chats, calls, and semi-private meet-ups.

 

The Pod

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This is the Pod’s premium state, offering enclosure and privacy for small meetings, serious chats or calls, little lunch siestas or hideaways from that nosy colleague. The collapsible upholstered hood allows you to decide whether you would like to keep the world at bay or not. If not, open it up and the world can filter in, yet you are safe in the knowledge that you can close the hood if more privacy is required.

 

#4 Epik Double Workstation.

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Our famous double workstation has evolved to embrace its softer side, with a lovely pin board added to the screen. No more struggling for space or layering notes with the new felt pin board next to your computer/laptop.

Your screens frame can only handle so many sticky notes before you’re left with 2 inches of viewing space, and fluorescent yellow overload. Our added pin boards offer more vertical “pin surfaces” for that next noteworthy lightbulb moment.

The double workstation keeps its convenient sizes, varying in length from 1200mm to 2000mm while keeping a width of 1500mm.

 

#5 Stak-chair.

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The same chair nestled on the hub, is ready for order on its own or in quantities of 10s or 50s.. (just saying… they’re pretty damn cool).

This new family member has been in the pipeline for months, and has finally agreed to step into the light. All about space saving and convenience, this chair is ready to help when large numbers are expected whilst keeping pre and post event storage to a minimum.

This model veers away from the sad maroon and black steel counterparts in the market and rather embraces birch to the full. To celebrate its uniqueness, the stak-chair™ reveals a signature cross-stitch on its seam.

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