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Founded by Ifeanyi Oganwu in 2008 and incorporated in 2009, Expand Design Ltd is a London-based studio engaging in architecture and furniture design by investigating the correlation between history, base materials and opportunities presented by state-of-the-art fabrication techniques. Through our projects, we unearth unidentified typologies that are inspired by the past, grounded in the present, and on a journey to a new aesthetic domain.

Exhibitions – Spring 2017

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Jul 24, 2017 14:38:56

Autonomous Rex, 2006

The Bauhaus #itsalldesign. (Travelling Exhibition organized by Vitra Design Museum)
ADAM Art and Design Atomium Museum, Brussels, Belgium.

Curator: Jolanthe Kugler

March 16 – June 11, 2017

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Cityscapes collection of wearable structures in 9k gold, presented by Elisabetta Cipriani at TEFAF Showcase Maastricht.

Dates: March 10 – 19, 2017

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B Table, presented at Collezione SaloneSatellite 20 Anni, Milan Design Week 2017.

In April 2017, SaloneSatellite turned 20 years. The milestone was celebrated by showcasing important collaborations between selected designers and producers, some presented for the first time.

Organiser: Marva Griffin Wilshire
Curator: Beppe Finessi

Dates: April 4 – 9, 2017

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Exhibitions – Fall 2016

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Jul 24, 2017 13:59:50


Two-Person Show with multidisciplinary artist Christina Oiticica.

Presented at Gallery Elle, Zurich’s premier gallery with an emphasis on contemporary design programming.

Organized by Galerie Armel Soyer and Gallery Elle.

Exhibition Start Date: Oct. 21, 2016

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Photos Courtesy of Gallery Elle.

Seeking Africa
Pedestal + Duniake presented in Seeking Africa, Design / Art Across A Continent. A group show organized by West London Gallery – Themes & Variations, highlighting the work of over 20 artists and designers from the continent and diaspora.

Accompanied by illustrated catalogue available through the gallery.

Exhibition Dates: Nov. 16 – Dec. 16, 2016

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Making Africa, A Continent of Contemporary Design

Travelling exhibition organized by Vitra Design Museum and Guggenheim Bilbao, stopped at Kunsthal Rotterdam.

Curated by Amelie Klein with Okwui Enwezor as consulting curator.

Exhibition Dates: Oct. 1, 2016 – Jan. 15, 2017

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Photo by Mark Niedermann, Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum.

Design Miami/ 2016
Cityscapes debut presentation by Elisabetta Cipriani.

Dates: Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 2016

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Waveforms – 1:54 Lounge and Bookshop Design, 2016

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Jul 21, 2017 13:58:56

Photos by Victor Raison.

In collaboration with Galerie Armel Soyer, textile design firm Toghal, and visual artist Phoebe Boswell.

A series of special objects for the 2016 Edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, held at Somerset House, London.

The installation developed specific spatial devices to amplify the porosity between the exterior and interior of the main lounge. The external terraces were transformed into soft rooms from which to take in sights and sounds of London. Meanwhile, the lounge was defined by waveforms of various scales. In the bookshop, new works are adapted to explore both the circularity and vertical axis of the room; overall the dynamic presentations encouraged flexible use of the spaces.

Dates: Oct 6-9, 2016.

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Current Exhibitions - Summer 2016

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Jul 15, 2016 13:42:16

Autonomous Rex – a speculative architectural project from 2006 which envisions a radical extension to Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House, is included in Vitra Design Museum's travelling survey of the Bauhaus.

The exhibition titled The Bauhaus #itsalldesign is curated by Jolanthe Kugler and offers a contemporary reading of the historical institution.

Catalogue available HERE.

Exhibition dates:
01/04/2016 – 14/08/2016, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany
14/10/2016 – 07/01/2017, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel

Gallery Elle has partnered with Armel Soyer to present Zurich’s only gallery dedicated to contemporary design.

The space located at Mommsenstrasse 18, opened on May 19th with a group show that includes Blue Milk.

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Current and Recent Exhibitions

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Apr 01, 2016 13:58:50

03/2016 – 08/2016
Splice presented at Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design.
Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona.

10/2015 – 02/2016
Splice presented at Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design.
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao.

Travelling exhibition curated by Amelie Klein with Okwui Enwezor as consulting curator.

03/2016 – 04/2016
Blue Milk, presented by Galerie Armel Soyer at Pavilion of Art & Design, Paris.

12/2015 – 02/2016
Shwisty presented at Maker Maker exhibition, part of the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen.

Curated by Benjamin Ward.

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Pavillon de L’Espirit Nouveau: A 21st Century Show Home at the Swiss Institute, New York

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Oct 12, 2015 11:19:43

BULGY Inverted, 2014

PDLEN, Installation View

BULGY Inverted is featured in the Swiss Institute’s Annual Architecture and Design Series: 2nd Edition.

The exhibition titled “PAVILLON DE L’ESPRIT NOUVEAU: A 21st Century Show Home,” is curated by Felix Burrichter and revisits Le Corbusier’s 1925 project to propose radical domestic environments for the 21st century.

The show takes a critical view on technology and domesticity assembling works by over 30 designers in a conceptual show home designed by Shawn Maximo where visitors are transported to virtual environments also by the architect.

Curated by Felix Burrichter
September 25 – November 8, 2015
Exhibition essay by Carson Chan available via:

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Photos by Daniel Pérez, courtesy Swiss Institute.

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The Bauhaus #itsalldesign at the Vitra Design Museum

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Oct 12, 2015 11:13:55

Autonomous Rex, 2006

Autonomous Rex – a speculative architectural project from 2006 which envisions a radical extension to Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House, is included in Vitra Design Museum's broad survey of the Bauhaus.

The exhibition titled 'The Bauhaus #itsalldesign' is curated by Jolanthe Kugler and offers a contemporary reading of this historical institution.

The Bauhaus #itsalldesign
Curated by Jolanthe Kugler
September 26, 2015 – February 28, 2016

The show travels to Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn in Spring 2016.

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Design Miami / Basel 2015

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Jul 02, 2015 11:30:49

For the tenth anniversary edition of Design Miami/ Basel, Armel Soyer featured Bulgy Inverted in a salon-themed presentation which grouped a selection of works from gallery artists.

Booth installation.

Bulgy Inverted, 2014.

Photos by James Harris

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Art Paris 2015

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin May 15, 2015 18:37:07

For the 2015 edition of Art Paris held at the Grand Palais from March 26th – 29th, Armel Soyer presented a selection from the gallery, including Contoured Crater Desk and Bench.

Photo Courtesy Galerie Armel Soyer.

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Making Africa at the Vitra Design Design Museum

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Mar 17, 2015 18:42:16

Vitra Design Museum's 'Making Africa' is now open until the fall when it travels to the Guggenheim Bilbao.

Divided into 4 parts, the show presents a unique perspective on the creative diversity of the continent with the examples drawn from art and design connected by the strand of multidisciplinarity. In the words of curator Amelie Klein, ‘making’ here is presented to “challenge our complacency with mass production,” as well as illustrate the “transformative potential of design” in parallel to socio-political advancements on the continent.

Part 1, The Prologue, explores ways of seeing.

Part 2, I and We, explores identity and belonging.

Part 3 explores the theme of ‘space and object’ in relation to the urban environment, emphasising informality as engine driving the continent.

Part 4 explores the theme of ‘origin and future’.

Enjoy this wonderful video presentation from Vernissage TV.
Video stills by Vernissage TV.

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Making Africa at the Vitra Design Design Museum

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Mar 10, 2015 15:52:52

Splice, Aluminium, 2012
790 x 820 x 460 mm / 31.1 x 32.3 x 18.1 in

Splice will be featured in 'Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design' at the Vitra Design Museum. The show is curated by Vitra’s Amelie Klein with Okwui Enwezor, director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst and the 2015 Venice Art Biennale, as consulting curator.

The exhibition assembles work from over 120 artists, architects and designers working within the continent and diaspora, with a view to showcasing the transformative potentials for design in the 21st century.

From March 14th through September 13th 2015, before travelling to the Guggenheim Bilbao in the fall.

For additional details - http://www.design-museum.de/en/exhibitions/detailseiten/making-africa.html

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Design Miami / Basel 2014

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Aug 11, 2014 15:49:40
For the 2014 edition of Design Miami / Basel, Galerie Armel Soyer's presentation included Blue Milk, Contoured Crater and Bulgy Inverted. During the fair, the gallery welcomed collectors, industry professionals, friends and enthusiasts at the dynamic booth.
Photos by James Harris.

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