Revol porcelain is a family owned-business that has developed a very unique expertise in manufacturing culinary porcelain, since 1768. Discover some of the secrets of this exceptional longevity...
1768, THE FOUNDATION
For a period of time, we believed REVOL was created in 1789. But in fact, history has proved otherwise. Since 1768, 9 generations of the same family have run the company…
We are manufacturers, traders, merchants and master potters from father to son. Everything started in Lyon when Pierre Revol and Magdelene Carrier, who came from two potter families, got married. The Drôme grounds had then very specific properties and offered all the resources needed to create a stronger and more resistant ceramic. The quality of the clays and sand, and more specifically the kaolin deposits, were the main factor in the manufacturing of the first REVOL clay. Pierre and Magdalene didn’t know that they were about to launch a company that would last all those years.
GETTING BIG: REACHING INDUSTRIALIZATION
The REVOL saga was about to start: the 2nd generation of the family opens in 1800 a workshop in Saint-Uze. Soon, the workshop grew into a factory. The company is then specialized in stoneware that is known for being a very resistant material with hygienic properties. The company expands its success and exhibits many times in national fair trades during the second half of the 19th century.
The company entered the twentieth century thanks to Louis Gustave Revol, who transformed the manufacturing process switching from an artisan manufacturing process to a more advanced technology - jiggering and slip casting. But the unforeseen coming of World War II impacted the economy and the factory infrastructures. Despite these difficulties, REVOL developed new markets: bistro business, alcohol and spirits bottles and invested in a new tunnel kiln and production capacities increased!
1980, FROM THE OVEN TO THE TABLE
In 1980, the 8th generation, Bertrand Passot (the family name has changed because of marital unions), took the leadership of the company. He began a rigorous restructuring plan: he invested in new machinery and trained the employees. He promoted and enhanced the know-how of the company and decided to improve the quality of REVOL’s clay by refining the firing process.
From that point, the company changed to exclusively manufacturing porcelain and became Revol Porcelain. REVOL conquered the international markets with creations of a culinary range of products that combine both aesthetics and functionality. In 2000 Revol launched the Froissés collection. This little cup is a huge success and it becomes a cult object.
INNOVATION AND DESIGN AT THE HEART OF REVOL’S STRATEGY
Design and communication but more important, innovation (research and development), are at the center of the company’s strategy. Whether they’re developed in-house, like the Arborescence and Belle Cuisine ranges, or are the result of collaborations with designers and publishers – Succession or the new Caractere series – Revol products is in perpetual experimentation in the field of ceramics.
REVOL has evolved from being an oven to table brand to a design oriented company now offering new dinnerware lines that would combine the quality of a professional use with the look of a cozy home-dining feeling.
CELEBRATING 250 YEARS: OLDER AND NEVERTHELESS STILL YOUNG
After 250 years, the factory is still firmly rooted in the undulating green landscape in the Drome. REVOL is proud to be at the top of innovation and design, equipping the most demanding kitchens, whether those of famous chefs or everyday cooks. Today, we have the same desire to bring out unique talents, bringing our products to the loveliest tables, with kitchenware and other cult objects and design pieces that embody art de vivre.
In an era in which the pace of life seems to get faster and faster, Revol swims against the tide with unique products enabling tables that truly stand out from the crowd.
In REVOL’s history, there have been many iconic pieces including Pernot Ricard’s famous yellow carafe. The company has been popular for the way it identifies the technical restraints of ceramics only to move beyond them.
The sense of creation and reinvention is really strong at REVOL – following artistic and architectural trends, chefs’ ideas, consumer’s habits and also just getting inspiration from the nature around us.
More partnerships with designers have emerged in the past years allowing REVOL to always reinvent something new. Growing old, but looking young and trendy.
The essence of our company is our factory: without the factory, the people, the ideas, inspirations, projects and innovations, we could not exist. Know-how and craftsmanship are at the center of who we are. We have been improving our expertise over the last 2 centuries with passion and perfection. Our manifesto relies on two things: our factory know-how and the commitment we are making to each customer and REVOL user. This manifesto describes the commitments we are marking to our customers and followers around the planet!