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

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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”!

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

 

#1 Standpoint.

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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.

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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.

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#3 Pod.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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.

Raw is branching out

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takke

The latest addition to the Raw product family is Takke, an Afrikaans word for ‘tree branches’.

You may well ask what this “Takke” we are alluding to is? “Takke” is a wall-mounted coat rack with its shape and form inspired by and derived from the simplified silhouettes of tree branches. The branch structure lends itself naturally to the shaping of hooks and hanging spaces. These natural hooks and hangers are what attracted our attention initially and formed the biggest inspiration for the design. Precedents for coat rack design are readily available. Few acknowledge the origins of the design. We aim to rectify this.

Inherently the shape of tree branches does not lend itself to a modular simplistic design, nor to the cost-effective use of materials, but at Raw Studios our design philosophy is driven by such essential goals.

We considered the various aspects of the designs and combined them with the instinctive jointing techniques we make use of. The product that finally emerged is esthetically pleasing and functional. It also boasts of exceptional economical use of materials and resources.

Once Takke is officially launched in all its varying configurations, we believe this product will successfully branch out into many interiors and into people’s hearts.


Klik FS™: Free… and still standing

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We get it! …… An important part of innovation is listening to clients’ needs (and fears). As Raw has always been obsessed with making things easier for users, it is just natural that our systems should constantly evolve. Apart from the small tweaks we perform for our larger projects, we at times make substantial changes or add features to our workhorse systems, effectively creating something new and infinitely more useful while retaining the essence of what made the system so popular.

An example of this was when we started brainstorming the idea of creating a freestanding version of our most popular product, the Klik™ storage system. By adding two well balanced, cnc manufactured steel legs to the side of the backing board and holding it all together with laser-cut plates that slide into the steel profile, we then allowed gravity do the rest of the work.

By making the Klik™ system freestanding, we effectively lower the threshold for clients who feel they don’t want to bother with fixing that beautifully crafted backing board to the wall or feel they are not DIY savvy enough to wield an impact drill. But it is more involved than just that. We have widened the range of applications of the Klik™ system. We can now transform this already super adaptable and useful system into a fully fledged office system with reiterations already prototyped for modular partitioning, workstations, collaborative spaces and hot desking pods.

Klik™ has been used in private, commercial and retail environments with great results, plus the range of components available is constantly increasing in number and evolving in use. Please watch this space as Klik FS will be going into production in the next month or so and is set to excite the modular furniture market.