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
Founders, Art Directors & Graphic Designers
Studio & Project Manager
Miguel Filipe Ferreira
Atelier da Bouça
Carls Filipe, artist
Casa da Arquitectura
Casa da Música
Casa do Conto
Ermida Nossa Sr.ª da Conceição
Esquire Magazine, USA
Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian Paris
House on Fire
Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda
João Pimentel Barbosa Arquitecto
Joaquim Portela Arquitectos
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
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