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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See our complete Epik Office Furniture Range

100% Design South Africa Announces its Featured Design Company for 100% Office 2017

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Visit us at 100% Design 9-13 August 2017

 

Successful modern offices are all about collaboration and creative input – which is why 100% Design South Africa is proud to announce that it will be

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

10 solid reasons why we can make a real difference to your next project.

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Raw Studios Worklife Office
Great workspace does not just happen.

Ready to start transforming your (clients) workspace: this is how we can help.
Raw Studios Spyne System Worklife Designer office furniture

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.

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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.

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7. We are agile, flexible and resourceful.

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: