It’s been no secret that we have been working with the University of Pretoria on various projects over the past years. What you maybe do not know is that we don’t only supply furniture but exhibition walls as well.Back in 2017 Mathews and Associates Architects approached Raw Studios to develop an exhibition system for the exciting new Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria. The brief was music to our ears and a chance to challenge ourselves. In the end, we in collaboration with Journeyman Collective designed and manufactured a walling system, which is suitable for the exquisite Art Centre but also true to our values. Wallspace™ is a sleek and minimalistic modular wall that is easy to use, move, adapt and a simple solution for most exhibitions and even office spaces.The collaboration with Javett and the development of Wallspace™ left us feeling inspired, we mean, our white backdrop walls are being used to showcase some of South Africa’s most talented artists. The richness of the artworks’ colours contrasting with the white walls captures your imagination and takes you to a different world, outside of the busy Jacaranda City. The Javett Art Centre is a tranquil space and a perfect destination to add to your to-do list if you are staying at home this holiday. Get some peace of mind and enrich your holiday with some of the best of local art and culture.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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…
Who are “they”?
We all know “they”… It’s that “guy” who always knows all the facts about Cape Town’s weather, the best diet to follow, the latest assets to invest in or what Sally really did last December.
That clears it up right? Yeah, umm, not really.
Well, that is exactly why we decided to chat to They and clear up the confusion once and for all.
Turns out the real They is a company that focuses on directing music videos, shorts and ads for companies, people and artists who appreciate great story telling.
Not having met They before we were quite curious of how a company like theirs would operate. When master storytellers, Alan and Darren, approached us just before they relocated office, Alan mentioned They (pun intended) were looking for a solution that would “cancel out the bad side of an open plan layout, still remain inviting but offer the focused privacy needed for many of their tasks”. We didn’t hesitate to assist in the project, because we knew we were working with likeminded guys who were ready to change things a little.
Wall Space™, along with our Epik™ furniture, were the solutions that jumped to mind that ticked all the boxes of their new workplace requirements.
Take a look at the video below to get some more insight into the real They and how Raw ensured their new offices balance and boost their everyday tasks.
While Stilts (haven’t read about this system? Catch up here…) has been evolving through its various development phases, another design supply product has been running parallel on quite a different track.
Peter Matthews from MAAA approached us at Raw Studios to develop a system for a new project also headed by the University of Pretoria namely the Javett UP Art Centre. They needed an exhibition and museum walling system for the vast gallery spaces. One that is modular (music to our ears), cost effective (of course), simple (keep going) and easy to install (at this point we are jumping up and down. This project is right up our alley)
The result: Meet WallSpace™ a multifunctional walling system that adapts and provides the backdrop for stories, spaces and artwork to come alive.
Besides meeting the brief requirements, we took the design a step further and now the WallSpace™ system is providing promising avenues to solve issues for sparse open plan spaces.
We are drooling over this expanding list of capabilities:
1. Lightweight ✓
2. Freestanding ✓
3. Multifunctional ✓
4. Acoustic capabilities ✓
5. Screening ✓
The system is still in its infancy but has already revealed countless opportunities within the workplace too. Curious? Yep us too! Keep your eyes on the look out for the continued development of the new WallSpace™ system and be ready for some mind-blowing possibilities.