New Products, designed for flexibility but engaging on SO many levels.

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RAW Studios epik WORK

For three months now we have been engaged in developing what we believe are products that will help activate and energise workplaces and specifically help teams to do their thing effectively.

For the first time at 100% design Johannesburg, you would be able to see some new additions to the well known and loved epik™ office furniture range:
epik standpoint

Standpoint.

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 stationary, you would be hard pressed to find it wanting any respect.

epik hub

Hub.

A multi functional, 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.

epik pod

Pod.

If it’s quiet contemplation, 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.

epik workstation

Workstation.

The Epik workstation is well known for its comfort, affordability and natural materials and it remains to fulfil a vital role in the office of the future. Here is where focused work and research happens, where individuals can shine. Where insights are transformed into solutions.

 

Workers Rise Up! Join the movement!

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Workers Rise Up! Join the movement!
Something is stirring deep within the belly of our beautiful motherland and it’s time that workers everywhere rise up and show that they have had enough!

“Had enough of what?” the unenlightened employer may ask.

At RAW we are fighting the system, the system that keeps providing us with ill conceived, unsustainable, badly designed and ridiculously pollutive office furniture and workspaces. The same antiquated system that treats employees as numbers and doesn’t acknowledge health and wellbeing.

It’s 2017, for Pete’s sake, the world has moved on and so has the workplace. Let’s abolish that outdated ‘thinking’ of what an office is and acknowledge the right to healthy, ergonomic and just generally well considered workplaces that we, the lifeblood of companies everywhere, deserve.

The unenlightened employers may say: “What is even the use of this ‘workspace movement’ shenanigans? Everyone just sits at a computer and slaves away. It is not a playground. We are here to work, it’s serious business.”

To them we say, Consider this: Creativity is now widely considered the main driving force within business and the creation of spaces that are directly inducive to creative thinking and furthers easy collaboration between colleagues, is a prerequisite of companies at the cutting edge of innovation. By ignoring the movement companies will risk: stagnating, falling behind and being unable to retain valuable human talent.

So what are the workers’ demands? How do companies turn this around and avoid an uprising?

For starters:

1. More innovation and creativity

Old offices restrict us, and instil fear into our creative minds*. We are scared of doing something bold, because our environments don’t encourage or facilitate it.

The dated 70s colour palette of beige and yellows and browns, accentuated with orangey wooden laminate textures, overdosed with stacks of paper and files is not going to encourage the brain to think outside the box.

inspiring workspaces = out of the box ideas = innovation = improved turnover
RAW Studios Nandos workspace design *Note: ‘creative’ is mentioned as an umbrella term that not only includes art and design, but also a universal creativity, for example; taking on plans differently, making changes to the regular routines, making an innovating process that can or will benefit the company, learning new programs… creativity is not just colours and paints and graphics; it’s the way you do the norm differently.

2. Healthier environments

Properly designed workplaces do not have Volatile Organic Compounds floating around, turning our brains into mush and causing respiratory problems. They do not cause long term injuries or ailments.

healthy workspace = healthy individuals = enjoy workRAW Studios Pods Worklife

3. Improved employee/colleague retention

Add value to the working day by supplying us with user- centred furniture and spatial design. We immediately enjoy being at the office, minimising the risk of losing us to opposition.

successful design = improved staff retentionRAW Studios Open plan office design

4. Increased collaboration and sense of community

The spatial planning and furniture design of the workplace will make a company an inviting and uplifting environment that encourages participation and a sense of belonging amongst colleagues.
There won’t be any room for alienation anymore.

community =  considered workspace  = collaborationRAW Studios Collaboration Spaces

5. Higher productivity rates

By bringing in healthy, lighter and well planned workplaces, we can get the most out of ourselves, each other or our employees. User- centred design ensures comfort and considers the senses of the user occupying the space. Comfort ensures we can focus on the task at hand and not get distracted by trivial annoyances of the space we must work in.

user comfort =  ergonomic workspace = uninterrupted focus RAW Studios Nando's Workspace

So when all the above- mentioned aspects are brought together, a holistic, full circle of benefits emerges and improves the work life of all.

RAW Studios New Offices infographics

We can help.

RAW Studios, is more than a ‘furniture company’, we actually design furniture that has your health and comfort in mind. We are standing up for everyone, calling for action! Demand quality and comfort and transform your office into a healthy, user-centred workspace! It is a right we should all put into practice.


Now, we know we’re not like most furniture supplier/designers, with a showroom in the centre of town. We’ve rooted ourselves in the calming countryside, where our beautiful surrounds keep us energized and inspired to innovate. But this does not mean you should be a stranger, give us a call and make an appointment to see how we operate on our lovely hilled landscape.

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

Making Love In The Workshop… For The Love Of Making.

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Raw Studios office furniture workshop

Making Love In The Workshop… For The Love Of Making.

Its not only eager hands caressing curvaceous forms, surfaces coated in glistening spray and slow rhythmic massage like (sanding) movements that shows how much we love making things.

The love of making is both a serious and a fun thing at Raw and we have been balancing these two states for 10 years now and learnt a lot in the process. Yes, it’s now a well oiled (pun intended) combination of people and machines that bring our systems to life, but in the end its really the people with their unique character and approach to innovation and problem solving that keeps our environment and works fresh and interesting.

Making homegrown solutions (a technical fix) (clamp) - Raw Studios office furniture workshop

Making homegrown solutions (a technical fix) (clamp)

Recently, one of the quick clamps’ plastic handles broke, as plastic sometimes does, Sydney simply followed the culture set down by Thys and I that promotes making use of local solutions. From birch plywood he fashioned a quite intricate new handle using small power and hand tools, and as long as the replacement part isn’t forced excessively (as the makeshift instructions bids the user) it should last fro a long time. I thought that was pretty nifty.

Raw Studios office furniture workshop innovation

Making new connections between old ideas.

That is essentially what creativity is… making new connections where there previously there were none, and that’s exactly what Albert did when he needed an extra chair in the workshop. Only he went a step further and fashioned a chair by using existing chair parts but assembling them in a different way. Sure its not going to win a beauty contest and its also not that comfy, but a brand new connection was made and that will encourage others to follow suit.

Raw Studios office furniture workshop cnc plywood cut

Making the cut, perfectly. The CNC shop “eyes on the cut”

For two years now we have been doing our own CNC cutting in a shop set up for that purpose after outsourcing this function for many years. Painos, with no experience and no formal training stepped up to the plate and took to operating CNC machines like a fish to water. He still rules this domain, ever vigilant for mistakes or issues and forever with his eyes fixed to the cut.

Raw Studios office furniture workshop jobcard - deadlines and projects

Making good on promises (deadlines and projects)

Job cards are issued and deadlines are discussed. Clients are called by their names and their hopes and wishes are noted. Deadlines are a serious business and the guys in the workshop take great pride in finishing a project and getting it out to the client before (cause we hate stress) the deadline.

We love what we do, we love to make.

Raw Studios office furniture workshop tools

Rollo Stool – Coming Soon

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When development started on the Rollo stool we had two clear aims that we wanted to achieve. Firstly, it had to be a true flat-pack object that was quick to assemble, using only the inherent strength properties of the birch plywood and no mechanical fixings. Secondly, it had to be so efficiently produced that we could offer it at a very competitive price.

To achieve this we employed a “stress” joint developed months earlier for a much smaller object, scaled this up and started prototyping and tweaking through a series of models until we were happy with the integrity of the jointed construction. Form followed innovation in this case, as we set to work on a series of experimentations in form while constantly being aware of optimal material usage. Discovering that we could produce another new product on the same piece of material, utilizing the areas that would normally be wasted during the machining process, meant that we achieved increased efficiency and lower cost per unit.

Rollo will be ‘tested’ on the public during the Food Wine Design Fair (23 – 25 November 2012, Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre Rooftop). We are obviously hoping for lots of good (or bad) feedback to guide us in further development.