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 configurations, supporting different styles of work – from solo to team-based, formal meeting to spontaneous collaboration, stay focused to stay connected. 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 – Revo is designed to bring a consistent design language to every space, whatever its function or size.
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%.
“Revo represents a radical rethinking of the way upholstered contract furniture is made in response to the climate crisis. Replacing the plywood base structure with REPP (recycled expanded polypropylene) maximises the potential reuse of the base materials. Plywood has no circularity. REPP, which is already in its second life, can be fully remoulded for a third, a fourth, ad infinitum.”
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. Most importantly, it is 100% recyclable and remouldable. 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.
“In Revo’s ease of reupholstering, we are looking ahead to a time when furniture is leased and not purchased, when the ability to refresh, refurbish and renew furniture will be increasingly important, especially in the contract market.”
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. Specifiers can combine contrasting colours in their Revo configurations to create playful statements, or select single colours in graduating shades to add nuance and depth.
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. With a warm, textured appearance that mimics natural fibres, Cura introduces a note of laid-back luxury to Revo. 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.