R2 is a studio specialized in graphic identity, editorial and environmental design, with a strong focus on theatre, contemporary art and architecture. Created by Lizá Defossez Ramalho (Troyes, France) and Artur Rebelo (Porto, Portugal), the Porto-based studio has secured international recognition for its exhibition-based pieces and installation work, and produces visual identities, poster design, way-finding systems, web design and motion projects for cultural institutions, museums and other commercial clients.

Founded in 1995, the studio uses its profound knowledge across different media, formats and applications. Be it a museum signage system or the façade of a 19th century church, the studio works according to a singular yet multi-dimensional vision. Beyond these forms, their work also extends to teaching, research, publishing, and public interventions.

R2’s institutional collaborators include the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Serralves Museum, MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Berardo Museum and Gulbenkian Foundation. They has also worked with Eduardo Souto de Moura and Aires Mateus Architects. R2 has received awards from the Brno Biennale, Chaumont Festival, International Society of Typographic Designers (UK), the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (US) and the International Poster Triennial Tayoma (Japan). It won European Design Agency of the Year in 2014 (European Design Awards).

The first Portuguese designers to join the Alliance Graphique International in 2007, R2 organised the AGI Open and AGI Congress in Porto, 2010. Some of the studio’s pieces are held in international collections such as the Musée des Arts Decoratifs (Paris), Heritage Museum (Hong Kong) and Museum für Gestaltung (Zurich).

Approach: Experimentation, research, and constant dialogue are crucial to R2’s design approach, with solutions found through a rigorous critical thinking and a sense of plurality. Its process is based on a content and concept-driven methodology unrestrained by space, material, means or dimension. Ramalho and Rebelo take advantage of the characteristics of each medium, with in-depth knowledge and self-initiation key to their methodology – be it on paper, screen or even concrete. Form is bound to concept without the neglect of either.

Though it is informed deeply by the fields of contemporary art and architecture, the studio’s thinking reveals a consciousness of design history and the vernacular. Typography is prized for its structural nature, transversal forms are celebrated with a rigorous concern for balance, simplicity and restraint. Each project is engaged with for its uniqueness.


Lizá Defossez Ramalho
Artur Rebelo
Founders, Art Directors & Graphic Designers

Catarina Barbosa

Graphic Designer

Guilherme Perez
Graphic Designer


António Veiga
Blues Photography Studio

Daniel Lopes

Chloé Develle

Filipe Braga

Henrik Kubel

Hussein Alazaat

Ivo Poças Martins

João Sousa

Leonor Violeta

Luís Lucas Pereira

Malte Bentzen

Mark Niemeijer

Mário Feliciano
Morgane Vantorre

Nuno Moreira

Pedro Santa Machado

Penousal Machado
Rui Abreu

Syma Tariq

Sérgio Rebelo

Tiago Casanova

Tiago Martins

Clients (selection):

[A] Ainda Arquitectura

Ahlam Shibli, photographer

Aires Mateus architects

Alfa Atlântica

aNC architects



ARX architects

Atelier da Bouça


Canal 180

Carls Filipe, artist

Casa da Arquitectura

Casa da Música

Casa do Conto



Didier Faustino


Ermida Nossa Sr.ª da Conceição

Esquire Magazine, USA

Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian Paris

Fundação EDP

Hotel Minho

House on Fire

Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda

João Pimentel Barbosa Arquitecto

Joaquim Portela Arquitectos

La Paz

MAAT – Museu de arte Arquitectura e Tecnologia

McCullough Mulvin Architects

Miguel Palma, artist

Miguel von Hafe Pérez, art critic and curator

Município de Bragança

Município de Matosinhos

Município do Porto

Museu Colecção Berardo

Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves

Museu Nacional de Georgia, Tbilisi

O/M (Osvaldo Matos)

OASRS (Ordem do Arquitectos – Secção Regional Sul

Parque Escolar E.P.E

Pedra Líquida

Pedro Portugal, artists/curator

Phaidon Press, UK

Raw Culture Bairro Alto


Souto Moura Architects

Teatro Maria Matos

Teatro Nacional D. Maria II

Tipografia do Conto

Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

Um Segundo Filmes

Universidade de Coimbra

Universidade Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

© R2 design 1995—2016

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