It's all about the bike. In the summer of 2011 Matt Raphael + Heath Korvola met in Portland, OR while building a bike. Part of a small team assembled for a single summer through the University of Oregon's Product Design program, the two like minds worked together on the Mini Velo project. The result, as you can see below, is one unique cycle specimen - a true team collaboration. It went on to win the student competition at the Oregon Manifest and an IDEA Student Gold Medal. It has been featured in numerous media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Cool Hunting, Treehugger, Core 77 + many more.
“The U of O came in with a naïve, fresh, creative approach. They weren’t locked in to a traditional version of a bike. There were more beautiful bikes out there, but theirs was fresh – the future.” Tinker Hatfield, legendary Nike design guru
Two years later, having bounced ideas around all the while + working on other projects they decided to join forces in Raphael's shop under guise of Ruphus. 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. Their work has been exhibited at the Oregon Handmade Bike Show, Design Week PDX + was recently highlighted in Dutch magazine Vogelvrije Fietser.