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.

RAW TUKS Stilts Future Africa Institute

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?

RAW TUKS Stilts Future Africa Institute kitchen furniture

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.

RAW TUKS Stilts Future Africa Institute study furniture

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.

Nandos Columbine s(m)itten on Raw’s Ohtwo™ Chairs.

Nandos Columbine with Raw’s Ohtwo Chairs

Even before Raw’s new Ohtwo™ chairs were available to order, interior designer Anne Maclachlan from Foundation Design specified them for use in the new Nandos Columbine Restaurant. The fact that the chairs are available in two model types and eight colour choices was also not lost on her as it fit beautifully into her vision for this interior. We love the design at Nandos Columbine but that’s just a start for Ohtwo as the product has now been taken up in the specification documents for two other large and well-known brands.

Nandos Columbine with Raw’s Ohtwo Chairs

Nandos Columbine with Raw’s Ohtwo ChairsNandos Columbine with Raw’s Ohtwo Chairs

SEE ALSO: OHTWO™ CHAIRS PRODUCT PAGE

New OhTwo™ Chair and Table range ready to conquer the world!

The difficult second chair.

New oH!Two™ Chair from RAW

Chairs are notoriously difficult to design. Especially after the success of our first chair, the second one seems to will one to fail, but after two years in concept form and three months of prototyping and development, Raw Studios is proud to announce that the first production run on our newest chair and table range is well underway. Clients can look forward to a whole lot of fun, and yes, some serious work from these quirky newcomers.

New oH!Two™ Chair from RAW

Says Peet regarding the look and feel of the range “I tried to create something that triggers an emotional response with people when they see it for the first time. You know that pleasant feeling that this is a shape or form you recognize from your childhood, from a varsity cafeteria or some such place where hardworking furniture does its thing without a big fuss.”

The low fuss factor is only skin deep though as this range includes a bunch of innovations and improvements, on our previous range of chairs. These include a laser cut and precision CNC bent steel component and although we are not completely new to using steel to solve some of the more industrially strong requirements of workplace and retail environments, we feel that the way in which it was utilized, to solve several of the usual construction and rigidity issues associated with chairs all in one clever little component has, for us at least, opened up a whole lot of options for future design solutions.

 a laser cut and precision CNC bent steel component

Seat and back shape development

Consequent to the use of a steel component we have been able to bring the amount of plywood used down to a ridiculous minimum, so much so that we now cut enough parts for 12 chairs from a standard sheet of birch plywood. This did come with a slight payoff in the form of two of the parts having to have to be cut on at least a five axis machine into a 3 dimensional part. Enter the latest young lady to grace our workshop floor, and no, our tea-lady doesn’t cut our parts with a jigsaw in between tea breaks. Her name is KUKA and she is a little easier to talk to than our previous, slightly ancient, robot arm and the perfect compliment to our new “can do anything” prototyping environment.

New oH!Two™ Table and Chair from RAW

New oH!Two™ Table from RAWSo, combine some simple plywood parts, precision steel bits in several colour options, locally manufactured bent plywood seat and back also available in many different materials, put a lot of design soul and a little bit of nostalgia into the mix and you get something really special judging from the overwhelmingly positive responses we have had during preview sessions with our most valued project clients. Best of all the product can ship completely flat packed. For the first time we have been able to achieve this so completely. Once the range has won local hearts and minds, the next step will be global domination.

First we take Gauteng, then the world! (Insert evil laugh here).

New oH!Two™ Table from RAW

See OhTwo™ products…