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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
Simpl Stor™, 2016 refreshed version more versatile and project friendly.
Since its unceremonious launch three years ago the simpl stor™ range has grown from a basic storage solution into something very refined and varied in its application possibilities whilst still retaining that simple clean-lined elegance, quirkiness and downright ridiculously high cuddle factor.
For its 2016 refresh we have stuck to the look and feel now so famous within our ranges but with the doors and drawer faces set back into the frame slightly to create cleaner door integration and allowing the strong grid lines to define the look even further.
Additionally we have added two appearance options that we are sure will be appreciated by designers on larger projects namely a new handle option (see image hereunder) and slotted door “locker” option that is reminiscent of our well known Ikonik™ range.
Raw is super proud to showcase our freshly nipped and tucked simpl stor™ range at Inspire trade-only show from 1-3 June at Gallagher Estate JHB, exhibition stand stand CON10.
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.That 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.We 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.Adding 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.Upholstery 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.These 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 our video of the mockup: