Birth of a new kind of awesome… it’s Stilts™

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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.

RAW Studios Stilts

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.

RAW Studios Stilts living furniture
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…

RAW Studios Stilts ShelvesRAW Studios Stilts workstation

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.

10 solid reasons why we can make a real difference to your next project.

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Raw Studios Worklife Office
Great workspace does not just happen.

Ready to start transforming your (clients) workspace: this is how we can help.
Raw Studios Spyne System Worklife Designer office furniture

Here are 10 solid reasons why we can make a real difference to your next project.

1. We’re more affordable than you think.

Seriously, we hear this from people all the time; “we though this quality and real design was going to come at a way higher price point” or “when we compared your offering with like products we were pleasantly surprised at the value”.

We argue that that is what real modular systems design is supposed to do: make great stuff more affordable, have a wider impact and ultimately help people out.

2. We actually care about your health and wellbeing.

Are you sick of smelling the melamine gasses coming off your office furniture? Well you have another choice, you know?

The engineered materials (solid birch plywood) that we employ in our ranges are natural and conform to the highest Northern European standards for health and sustainability. If you would like to know more about how green we really are, please download this short fact sheet.

3. We don’t just talk the talk, we innovate, we don’t just combine, we design.

So many workplace design companies talk the talk of collaboration, productivity, team activation, employee happiness and engagement, just to turn around and offer the same old rows and rows of table with pedestal combos and maybe some upholstered pod like structures… wow!

We actually take the time to consider where workspace and worklife is heading and to design solutions to the challenges posed by the changing landscape of work.

We consider how “super teams” now operate and what they need and how furniture should not get in the way of great collaboration and creativity, how often mobile workers have become, and how their needs have changed, but also that there is still a large group of employees that simply spend half their lives at the office and deserve to feel comfortable and assisted.

Raw Studios office range solution

4. We actually give a damn about the environment.

Raw is as green as we can make it, not perfect, but always improving. If you would like to know more about how green we really are, please download this short fact sheet.

5. We touch your site lightly.

Our systems are modular, flexible, and for the most part free standing. We don’t make dust or any other mess when we install and actually prefer to install just before the client takes occupation. No mess, no fuss.

6. Our lead times are way shorter that most imports or bespoke solutions.

Our standard lead-time is 3-5 weeks and we haven’t been late, ever! Many imported or bespoke solution can take three times as long to realize.

Raw Studios Blimp Worklife designer office furniture
7. We are agile, flexible and resourceful.

We are makers that are driven by a passion to make better experiences. We have our own prototyping facility where we can fast-track development on specific requests, and on larger projects we can design special apps and solutions. Please see our Customerization blog here.

8. We’re in it for the long solution, (modularity and longevity). Our products last longer.

We don’t buy into the throw away culture of “produce cheap and chuck away after three-five years”. We design and produce modular systems that can be re-configured and serviced from quality solid birch Finnish plywood.

9. We are authentic, with our own design language; we are a great alternative to the generic (yawn) products out there and as a challenger company, we try harder.

Yes, we are now often up against the big boys in the industry and because we offer something different to the generic office (you know it… Steel frame and melamine top… realy long yaaawn! ) We have caught the attentions of producers and corporates alike. Clients are not satisfied with the “usual” look, feel and function any longer.

10. We’re 100% local.

Local content is trending and for good reason… it’s damn lekker and sustainable. More often than not projects call for high local content and you don’t get more local than RAW. To see us at work on our beautiful hill, please see this short video:

See for yourself how our Spyne system will shape work spaces in future.

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Spyne Raw Studios New Modular Office furniture sytem range

Workspace design has made an evolutionary leap once again and we’re on a mission to bring everybody up to speed. We also realise that sudden change can be shocking to some, so we broke it down in story format to ease you into it.

See it here:

Spyne™ will evolve into the ultimate set of tools for designers and space-planners to create well considered yet dense systems that are most importantly aimed at bringing teams together to collaborate freely. Within the “string” or “spine” there are solutions for all types of meaningful work: there are focused and quiet work areas, team and collaborative applications, but also reception hubs, bulk storage, pods and even phone booths. Spyne™ is still a work in progress; so join us for the ongoing conversation.

Spyne Raw Studios New Modular Office furniture plywood sytem range

So what’s the big idea anyway, I hear you ask….

The central core or “spine” of the system consists of beautifully simple leg frames in three different heights, combined with slotted panels which form a lockable box construction for personal storage, cable management, stationary and the like. Other components and functional elements are cantilevered off of this stable core and, depending how these are configured, could potentially accommodate solutions to most modern workspace challenges such as standing and sitting work and meeting stations, and a whole series of co-space applications or highly collaborative team spaces.

Spyne Raw Studios New Modular Office furniture sytem range meeting

Join us if you dare! … and get rewarded.

Ready to forget what you think you know about workspace design solutions and join us in a fresh conversation? We are showing our brand new Spyne™ system concept at INspire trade-only show from 1-3 June at Gallagher Estate JHB, exhibition stand CON10, and would love to hear what you think about it.

Visit us on the show and quote the concepts tagline: Spyne™, because we evolve, and the first 25 people will receive one of our now famous Standup™ plywood laptop stands. We would love to see you there!

Spyne, because we evolve

Spyne Raw Studios New Modular Office furniture sytem range

Spyne Raw Studios New Modular Office furniture sytem range

Customerization now trending at Raw.

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Since we started focusing on designing modular furniture systems instead of merely objects, customization was forced to take a back seat to versatility and affordability but we do believe we have now found a healthy balance.

Within well-considered systems we believe we can provide a multitude of designed solutions that have a wider uptake and greater impact, with a higher end look and feel, but still at an affordable price.RAW Studios Customerization surfaces Ohtwo chairThat said, systems are inevitably pretty generic by nature and as we start working on bigger and bigger projects (100+ workstations) for larger organizations we recognized the need, and the fun really, of what we are now calling Customerization. Customerization is the one on one interaction we now encourage with organizations that want to add something of their own to our various office applications.RAW Studios Customerization Office Range Workspace Storage Co-space StorageWe recently completed a Mockup for a very large and well-known scientific research organization where we, in collaboration with Design Team Fabrics and In Awe Interiors, customerized in the following ways:

Vertical surfaces, such as doors and drawer fronts have customerization options that range from vent design and handle options to colouring and branding. In addition to this our available machining options, milling and laser engraving allows us to brand certain surfaces in a very cost effective way.RAW Studios Customerization office furniture doors drawer lockers frontsAdding Colour works great in many ways from assisting with way finding to defining departmental identities or simply livening up a space. We add colour in the form of specially formulated wood stains for vertical surfaces and high pressure laminates for seating or other horizontal work surfaces.RAW Studios Customerization Din+ Range Furniture tables chairsUpholstery of certain office elements can have a wonderful effect on the look and feel especially if those have been colour coordinated for the organization or project as we had done for this mockup in conjunction with the amazing people at Design Team.RAW Studios Customerization Co-space Office Furniture Upholstery PodThese are just a few ways in which we create a unique look and feel for organizations on project basis. We have had such good feedback that we have decided to showcase this offering at Inspire B@B Trade Show on the 1 – 3 June 2016, stand CON10 . Please join us there to discuss your next great project.

See us at Inspire Trade Expo 1 - 3 June 2016

See our video of the mockup:

The Offis™ will never be the same again.

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Offis™ System
The new collaborative, connected workplace is not only about redefining our mind-set about what furniture we need and how our space needs to 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.

We have taken what we have learnt about office spaces over the last 10 years and translated this into the system that we use in our own office. Beautifully designed in the trademark Raw Studios look and feel, ergonomic, affordable and practical, 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. This includes hot-desking and the very necessary flexible-use space between and around traditional workspaces.

Raw Studios is proud to officially launch our new office system, named Offis™ at 100% Design South Africa 2014 from 6-10 August.100% Design South Africa 2014 from 6-10 August.

Visiting our stand, you will find solutions that are the result of years of development, research and consultation with our clients and the public, addressing four main space applications that we have identified, with their respective creative solutions. These include:

Collaborative space: Including formal and informal meeting spaces, brainstorm and activation or fun spaces.

Quiet space: This consists mainly of open workstations and fixed or mobile storage areas. Screened sufficiently for employees to do focused work, but also open enough to promote interaction with colleagues.

Private space: Traditionally referred to as a closed office or highly-screened private cubicle, these spaces nowadays are used more when an executive or sensitive workspace is required.

Co-space: On the cutting edge of contemporary office space planning are the crossover spaces, which are purposefully scattered in and amongst the quiet and collaborative spaces. Allowing employees to mingle in a professional and social way can inspire creativity and create opportunities for collaboration and unplanned meetings that can add value to the business. These spaces increase knowledge sharing, build a sense of community and improve employee satisfaction and retention. They typically include multi-functional, semi-private pods, soft furnishings alongside normal office task chairs and discussion tables, ottomans and mobile laptop tables

With so many size and configuration choices, we are convinced that Offis™ will inject a breath of fresh air into office spaces everywhere!