If you find yourself surrounded by good people, well-brewed coffee, and cool retro holiday pics, chances are you’re at one of Tribeca Coffee’s three stunning buildings in Centurion, Pretoria. Great coffee, good food and the best memories of places and times gone by is the feeling that hits you when you walk into the offices and look around at the photography of bygone holidays, retro cars and days in the sun… It all contributes to a feel-good positive outlook that this company is well known for.That said, it doesn’t mean that the workspaces at Tribeca are light-duty. The people here work hard at the brand and they need hardworking workstations, shelving, storage and lab furniture which we gladly provide as they understand and seek the economic value of the Raw aesthetic built into all of our products.We have been working with Tribeca since they moved into their first building many years ago (see more projects here) and since then they found ways to include Raw Studios in many of their ventures, including retail venues and mobile coffee stations.From stained coloured doors that complement their style to functional storage which keeps all the admin in place, Tribeca continues to curate their workspaces and combined with good coffee, and a laid-back atmosphere it has been an interesting and winning formula.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
What 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…
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”!
Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the award winning Work_epik range!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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™.
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.
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.
See our complete Epik Office Furniture Range →
So you’ve watched the teaser video, above, right? Good, now let’s get you up to speed with the rest of the story.
In our last blog newsletter we gave a little taste of a current project for the University of Pretoria , which sparked the development of a brand new furniture range. (Didn’t read it? Find out more by clicking on this link: …).
The Stilts™ Range.
Is a new living- centred system that can adapt to our ever changing environments, be it at home or in the workspace. This range can easily be customized to suit not only your needs but also your wants.
It’s just too exciting to keep it to ourselves! So, we’re going to shed some light on the range as we go along.
These images are only the tip of the iceberg of what The Stilts™ can do. And to be honest, it’s kind of crazy how we just keep discovering new possibilities and solutions within this range. We’re starting to wonder if it even has limits…
We’re looking forward to seeing where the Stilt’s road takes us and will keep you updated on developments. Give us a shout and let us know what you think.