“When we bought our first home, Alex and I visited the normal run of the mill furniture stores to find the essentials for our home. Most things we found lacked soul, were poorly designed or reeked of the disposable. We came away, more often than not, empty-handed.
This led us to explore alternatives and we ended up spending hours fossicking through dusty old vintage stores, and driving through narrow country lanes all over the place to attend flea markets and car boot sales. We clothed our house in old armoires, traveling chests and curios and loved the character and stories that each piece brought to our home.
As two kids came along and life became hectic with work and family, we lost touch with that passion. Our joint escapades into dusty nooks and crannies become less frequent, however the passion never died entirely.
In December 2013, when life had reached its most stressful, I found myself stopping at an old second hand store I had always meant to visit to see if I could find Alex a gift for Christmas. Right at the back of the freezing hangar, covered in dust, were two gorgeous Josef & Jacob Kohn bentwood chairs. I had found my gift(s).
Christmas eve arrived and I received a short ominous text from Alex. “We need to talk”. He arrived – late – and exhausted. Nothing seemed to be going right and his sense of satisfaction and pride in what he did was at point zero. His announcement was that he had had enough. He wanted to change his life, and change ours. For what? At that point we had no idea. We just knew that things needed to be different.
Sometimes in life there are key moments where we reach a crossroad. Some doors shut and others open, some due to our own making and others due to things beyond our control. This point is often synonymous with opportunity – the opportunity to free our mind to the possibility of doing things differently. This was one of those key moments for us.
Christmas day was very strange, with a lot of things both said and unsaid. Alex loved his chairs, however instead of finding the perfect spot to put them in the house, he placed them in the middle of the living room. He spent the next couple of days engraving a path around them, picking them up, weighing them, balancing them on his hand, putting them upside down on the table, touching their contours, until one day, he announced, “I know what we are going to do”.
Revology was conceived.”
Monique Kelly, Co-founder Revology
Our ambition is to go as far as possible in the design and development of new products, using natural composite and bio-based materials that bring added benefits to the consumer. We are testing the limits and advantages of these materials and constantly trying to extend their possibilities. Up until today, no one has been able to produce a beautiful high quality chair made out of flax for an affordable price. This is a real technological feat, and our first challenge and achievement.
The inspiration for our designs comes from two spheres, the natural world and the design past.
Nothing in nature is perfectly formed, from the bark on a tree to the petals of a flower – each has its own unique imprint. A deep look into the natural world unlocks imagination, and inspires creativity. Nature paints the most beautiful pictures in the world, leaving you breathless. We want to translate this into the objects we design.
The design legacy we have inherited is our second source of inspiration. Pioneers in each generation have pushed boundaries to produce innovative, iconic objects, along the way providing inspiration for the next generation of innovators, designers and inventors. One such object is the No. 14 “Bistro” chair designed by Michael Thonet in 1859. At the time, the bentwood chair was heralded as the essence of what a chair should be by artists, designers and architects such as Picasso, Le Corbusier, Poul Henningsen and Mart Stam.
This was the inspiration for our design # 1 and our reference in going one step further in design history.