Profim Revo

Endlessly configurable, infinitely recyclable

Revo, for Profim has not only established a dynamic new design language for workplace seating, it has also taken a major step
towards making the circular economy a viable reality in its sector.
Recognising that the climate crisis urgently demands a radical rethinking of the way in which upholstered contract furniture is made, and keen to address the rapid global working culture, Profim asked Pearson Lloyd to develop a furniture family that responded to both. The result, Revo, is nothing short of a revolution.

A configurable, customisable seating solution.
Making its global debut at Clerkenwell Design Week, the Revo collection includes sofas (both with and without backs), benches, screens, and stools in softly contoured, organic shapes. This simple and striking aesthetic identity was inspired by the concept of ‘squaring the circle’, creating a gentle geometric language that makes the collection distinctive, but also allows it to be assembled in a huge number of different ways. Revo is a modular furniture collection that adapts to any interior space. Revo’s seats and screens are complemented by a range of tables of different sizes and heights, supporting a range of tasks, from focused individual work to formal meetings and brainstorming around the coffee table.

In total, the individual elements in the Revo collection enable 96 distinct modular. This versatility is in tune with the increasingly differentiated nature of the work experience. The office is no longer split between desk and conference room, but has become a nuanced network of flexible spaces, each with distinct furniture needs.

Second-life material, endlessly remouldable

Revo’s success as a modular furniture system is largely down to the fact it is extremely lightweight. This is thanks to Profim and Pearson Lloyd’s decision to use recycled expanded polypropylene (REPP) rather than the plywood commonly used to make upholstery frames, thus reducing the product weight by around 40%.

Pearson Lloyd’s design for Revo allows the product to be disassembled into its constituent parts to be returned to their individual technical cycles. First used by Pearson Lloyd to create the Link room divider system in 2007, REPP is a highly versatile closed-cell bead foam with a host of beneficial properties, including outstanding energy absorption, an exceptionally high strength-to-weight ratio, and resistance to impact, water and chemicals. With no additives (such as glass fibre), REPP can be endlessly remoulded, meaning that at the end of its life, all Revo components can be separated into their component materials, and returned to the manufacturing cycle.
In total, 74% of the materials used to make Revo are recyclable – compared to 5% in the equivalent wood structure. Plus, because the REPP used by Profim is already recycled – representing 90% of the total product volume – minimal new materials are created to build the collection. Upholstery is fixed onto the folded EPP using a tethered drawstring, which means no glue or staples are needed, further facilitating disassembly.

Minimising energy consumption at all stages of production – from manufacture to shipping – was of course a priority, so Pearson Lloyd and Profim have worked to ensure that all stages of the process are as energy- and carbon-efficient as possible. In total, Revo generates a carbon footprint of 176 kgCO2 in production and 9.5 kgCO2 in transportation – respectively, 6% and 40% less than conventional wood-based furniture construction. Revo is manufactured at Profim’s home in Poland, using local supply chains; just three moulds are used to make all components in the collection; and the lightweight material
significantly reduces the carbon cost of transporting the furniture, too.

Mix-and-match colours, durable post-consumer polyester Revo launches with a range of upholstery options, and a versatile colour palette devised by Profim creative director Maja Ganszyniec.
Revo launches with a choice of two newly developed upholstery textiles. Cura, by Gabriel, is a high-performance two-colour fabric made from 98% post-consumer recycled polyester. The other option, Oceanic by Camera, is 100% recycled polyester, including 50% Seaqual Yarn, which is made from marine plastics salvaged and repurposed by the Seaqual Initiative. Both fabrics give Revo the durability it needs to survive in high-traffic office environments, alongside an engaging residential aesthetic appropriate to the modern workplace.

Pearson Lloyd are among the best at identifying and responding to global trends. It’s amazing how many of the shifts they predicted at the beginning of the project are now a reality: hybrid working models; the growing importance of connectivity and social interaction, the freedom of the tech-revolution versus the value of face-to-face contact. With Revo, we are perfectly prepared to address these new needs.
Magdalena Borowiec Marketing Director, Profim