People 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.Furniture you can live in, for those who demand well-considered design that’s healthy, environmentally responsible, fast and fuss-free.
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/
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 …
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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)
In mid-July, Raw Studios hosted a week long collaborative workshop with twelve students from the University of Pretoria. The brief focused on the design solutions for the typology, “Micro-housing”, using Raw Studio’s signature technology: CNC cutting and jointing of birch plywood into designed ergonomic systems.
The goal of the workshop is to expose young designers to the practice of prototyping and hands-on engagement, guided by pioneers in the field It is Raw’s intention to expand this approach to include professional architects and designers alike, encouraging prototype-making as an innovative form of the design process.
The students of the interior design and architecture programmes worked in groups under guidance from Peet van Straaten (Raw), Thys Kotze (Raw) and Bafana Mazibuko (Raw), European micro-living designers, the Mobiators, Geert Hutsebaut and Calanne Moroney, and University of Pretoria lecturers, Elana Van der Watt and Johan Swart. Students participated in the workshop voluntarily, resulting in a cross-sectional group of dedicated and determined individuals. They spent three weekdays in the studio, with the rest of the time at the workshop in Boschkop, camping a couple of nights on site.
The workshop briefing day consisted of a series of inspiring, informative talks, from Raw Studios and from the Mobiators. Raw presented an outline of the studio’s work, the mind-set of designing for flexibility, CNC technology, material, optimised detailing, followed by a surprisingly enthralling demonstration of CNC cutting.
The Mobiators spoke of their own micro-house experiences in the Netherlands, and the growing societal awareness and need for de-cluttering, downsizing and self-sufficiency. They gave insight into the lifestyle it offered, the benefits of living “micro” and the shortcomings they experienced and predicted.
In three groups of four, the students devised an approach to the interior of a micro-house, and a proposed solution to investigate. Over the course of the week, they worked towards a tangible detail/section of the proposal. This resulted in three diverse pieces of research – a storage floor system for a three-sectioned table, a single bed/double bed storage solution, and a free-standing multiple configuration piece. All three proposals dealt with storage, flexibility and maximising small spaces by layering and interlocking of functions. By the end of the week, all three groups had produced drawings, maquettes using cardboard or laser-cut 4mm plywood and fabricated sections of their proposal using the CNC cutter.
The work produced was impressive given the time and stimulated many intriguing discussions on the science of micro-living, realistic design solutions and lifestyle choices. It will be presented in the gallery at the Boukunde (architecture) department in September.
While the workshop was undoubtedly a valuable experience for the students involved, it was equally stimulating for Peet van Straaten and his micro-living enthusiasts from Europe, currently staying in Boschkop to collaborate on the development of a Raw micro-house product. The week provided much food for thought and instigated the launch of an interesting design process, as well as a new, scaled-up direction for Raw Studios.