Revo’s success lies in its lightweight design, by using recycled expanded polypropylene (REPP) instead of plywood, commonly used to make upholstery frames, reducing product weight by about 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’s upholstery choices, curated by Profim’s creative director Maja Ganszyniec, offer a versatile palette for diverse preferences. The collection features two newly developed upholstery textiles: Cura by Gabriel, a high-performance two-color fabric made from 98% post-consumer recycled polyester, and Oceanic by Camira, a 100% recycled polyester with 50% Seaqual Yarn sourced from repurposed marine plastics by the Seaqual Initiative. Both fabrics provide the durability essential for high-traffic office environments, alongside an engaging residential aesthetic appropriate to the modern workplace.