Portuguese born, Rui Alves comes from a family of skilled craftsmen. His father and grandfather were cabinetmakers and since his childhood he lives surrounded by tools and materials. Rui studied Industrial Design, graduating in 2001. In the same year, he opened his design office based in his hometown to undertake projects ranging from furniture to product design. Always paying attention to details – almost obsessively – he works intensively to explore materials and processes. Rui has a simple and practical design approach to achieve innovative and strong personality products. His work have been recognized and selected to be part in exhibitions around the world.