Ruphus is the distillation of years of tinkering + designing, understanding materials, + perfecting a craft.
With deep roots in architecture + design, Ruphus is in fact the product-design arm of Raphael Design. Matt Raphael, a Virginia native and UVa School of Architecture grad, has spent 20+ years in Portland, OR running his design/build firm. His vision follows simple lines + unfettered function across many mediums. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Portland Monthly, Treehugger + the Oregonian, among others.
His sun-lit studio in the Hawthorne neighborhood in SE Portland is the epicenter of Ruphus' work, complete with late nights, woodchips + an assortment of toys + tools including a CAMaster CNC.
Matt has teamed up with Heath Korvola, a designer and photographer, who he met in 2011 while studying Product Design at University of Oregon. They were part of a design team that built an award-winning commuter bike, the Campus Mini Velo. Today you can find them designing + fabricating a unique line of products all intended to exhibit the warmth that wood brings to our modern lives.