Wallspace™: rethink open space

WallSpace modular walling system Office workstation acoustic furniture

WallSpace modular walling system Office meeting acoustic furniture

Everyone knows by now that open plan offices are bad news, and for good reason! No one wants to be in a space where work becomes a battlefield of distractions vying for your attention: Sally’s loud chatter about last night’s date, Thabo’s ridiculous morning smoker’s-cough routine or the umpteenth courier scuffling past with yet another delivery for Valentine’s – – to name just a few.

WallSpace modular walling system Office Open Plan Workspace furniture

With all this noise going on in the background you may not hear us whispering the tales of the new office revolution. What do we mean? you ask. We have the right solution in place to balance out the downfalls of the open plan by offering the best of both ‘open and private office worlds’.

WallSpace modular walling system Office Workplace tall desk chair furniture

It’s called Wallspace™. From now on the open plan office will have way less power to produce headaches and distractions because our modular walling system is designed to improve the workplaces that we spend much of our waking hours in.

WallSpace modular walling system Office Workplace storage furniture

WallSpace modular walling system Office desk chairs furniture

It is the perfect tool to create spaces and environments that improve focus and offer balance for individuals and teams at work. With its partitioning and acoustic capabilities; quiet spaces, meeting spaces and team spaces can easily be configured without the need for costly renovations.

WallSpace modular walling system Office meeting blackboard furniture

The expanding list of capabilities we were drooling over in our previous posts was just the beginning, see how Wallspace quickly transforms open space in the introductory video below:

Curious to see this solution in use at a fully operational workplace? See our article on “They” below…

Ekstend Basik to Tall: all new affordable storage!

New Ekstend Basik to Tall: Office Storage Solutions Desk Furniture

There’s no need to opt for the sad low quality grey options on the market any longer. Our three new professional storage options are not trying to reinvent the storage landscape, but they do match our look and feel perfectly, and they are so much more affordable.

We don’t have to strategically position our chairs to the side, blocking views of our pedestals hoping visitors won’t notice our stylistic “faux pas” anymore. #notourproudestmoment

We present to you Raw Studios’ latest storage options ready to keep desks tidy with real style and still be easy on the pocket:

1. Basik Stor

This small compact under-desk storage covers the daily basics. Two drawers with solid birch ply fronts and a tasteful white melamine box frame on glides will keep your desk space good-looking and neat at the same time.

 Basik: Office Storage Solutions Desk Furniture

 Basik: Office Storage Solutions Desk Furniture

2. Ekstend Stor

Specifically designed to give that extra work surface space with the added benefit of storage below, this unit of 740mm desk height, comes with 4 drawers with solid birch plywood fronts and a neat white melamine bodice. One of its cool quirks is the super functional top stationery drawer.

Ekstend Stor: Office Storage Solutions Desk Furniture

Ekstend Stor: stationery drawer - Office Storage Solutions Desk Furniture

3. Tall Stor

This is the big brother of the Basik and Ekstend stor. Reaching above the desk to provide screened privacy, the unit has a main compartment that is drawn out to reveal two useful drawers with solid birch ply fronts and shelves offering ample storage space.

Tall Stor: Office Storage Solutions Desk Furniture

Tall Stor: Office Storage Solutions Desk Furniture

Tall Stor: inside drawers - Office Storage Solutions Desk Furniture

Our new award winning Work_epik products are here to steal the show, and for good reason…

RAW Studios Work-epik

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”!

RAW Epik_Work Office Range

 

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the award winning Work_epik range!

 

#1 Standpoint.

RAW Work_epik 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 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.

 

#2 Hub.

RAW Studios Work_epik hub

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.

RAW Studios Work_epik hub

 

#3 Pod.

RAW Work_epik pod

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.

The pod comes in two sizes of a cozy 1200mm x 700mm or a spacious 1600 x 700mm. As with the other Epik products, the pod can also be equipped with electrical reticulation to keep you connected.

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

RAW Work_epik 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

RAW Work_epik 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.

 

The Pod

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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.

RAW Work_epik 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.

 

#5 Stak-chair.

RAW Work_epik stak-chair

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.

RAW Work_epik stak-chair
 
See our complete Epik Office Furniture Range

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

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.

 

The Raw Creature now a Feature.

When you think and design differently from other companies you initially meet with a lot of resistance and disbelief especially in something as formal as the workspace industry, after all humans are creatures that prefer to follow, to copy and to play it safe. At RAW we have never done any of those things and it has been an interesting, but often hard journey, of sticking to our mission so to speak.

At 100% Design Johannesburg this year we have been asked to feature our idea of the way to work and how workspaces can be activated, energised and equipped for meaningful work. We have happily obliged by developing some new additions to our Epik range to illustrate how effective work will be done in the future and since workplaces are everything but static.

We also have some “actual” work happening on the exhibition stand but to see more you need to visit!  Read more…

Visit us at stand no. C07 from 9 to 13 August 2017 and leave your preconceptions at the door… or entrance… or whatever, just get to our stand!

See RAW Studios at 100% Design JHB 2017

 

Extra thoughts.

 

At the end of the day, if we humans are left to tick time, crunching numbers, crouching over our worktops, desktops and laptops we lose perspective, we stagnate growth, we struggle to get out of our familiar territories to discover new and better solutions, we stop constructively analysing and acting on how we can improve our lives and other’s. At RAW Studios we aim to put a stop to this endless fog fluttered existence.

Just take a second out of your crazy day and let this sink in:

  • Humans can be dreamers, do-ers, thinkers, tinkerers, leaders, followers, talkers, silent, calculators, writers, strategists, creators, designers, problem solvers, ponderers, fixers, breakers, makers or pencil pushers.

  • Human beings are alive, conscious and sensitive to their surroundings. Their environment influences their concentration, productivity and well-being.

  • Human beings are the only planet dwellers who are able to consciously think, choose and imagine and create.

  • Human beings are the only planet dwellers who are able to change their environment.

And with all that ‘awesomeness’ human beings spend an average of 8 hours a day in their work environment.

8 hours to be in a fog fluttered existence? No, that’s where we come in, we’re taking you back to the awesomeness that you are, so that those 8 hours are an extension of awesomeness not, a fogged up black hole to speed through.

Every change starts with imagining something to be different, better than it is.

At RAW we take the responsibility of being able to change our work environments very seriously. From grey, fog fluttered to colourful. From mundane to magnificent. From boring to bright. From useless to user-friendly. From rickety and disposable to strong and durable.

If we make changes, we make sure those changes are improvements, generously and continuously imagined by us to make work and life better.