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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.

PDLEN Press Reviews. Part 1

PressPosted by Admin Oct 12, 2015 11:59:42

Detail, BULGY Inverted at Swiss Institute.
Photo Sasa Stucin, courtesy Soft Baroque.

The reviews are in for 'Pavillon de L’Espirit Nouveau' at Swiss Institute.

Coverage spans Alldayeveryday’s extensive 3-part feature which includes a curator interview as well as others with some of the designers exhibited through to TL Magazine, Wallpaper and Purple.

"Maybe this is contemporary design’s fifteen minutes?" Asks W Magazine's Kat Herriman in writing about the exhibition. Please see below for more.

Kat Herriman. “Just Innovate. Felix-Burrichter Makes His Curatorial Debut.” W Magazine, September 23, 2015

Adrian Madlener. “Pavillon de L’Espirit Nouveau at Swiss Institute.” TL Magazine, September 29, 2015

Brook Mason. “Modern Spirit: The Swiss Institute Gives Corbusier Icon a Millennial Twist.” Wallpaper, October 5, 2015

“2nd Edition ‘Pavillon de L’Espirit Nouveau: A 21st Century Show Home’ Curated by Felix Burrichter at the Swiss Institute, New York.” Purple Magazine, October 9, 2015

“PAVILLON DE L'ESPRIT NOUVEAU: A 21st Century Show Home. Part 2: A Physical Experience.” Alldayeveryday, September 23, 2015

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Blue Milk featured in Departures Magazine

PressPosted by Admin Oct 12, 2015 11:07:51

Blue Milk is featured in Dan Rubinstein's editor's letter published in Departures Home + Design Fall 2015 Issue.

Dan Rubinstein. “Out of (and Into) Africa.” Departures, Home + Design, October 2015
Feature available to download via link below:

Additional slideshow accompanying feature viewable via link below -http://www.departures.com/lifestyle/home-design/african-designs-new-wave

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Splice appears in The Future is Here, part of Mousse Magazine’s Summer Issue.

PressPosted by Admin Jul 30, 2015 14:06:24
he publication was curated by Chus Martínez and commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs Basel-Stadt. Vitra Design Museum's 'Making Africa' exhibition is covered by Edgar Pieterse and Tau Tavengwa’s contribution to the project.

Pieterse, Edgar and Tau Tavengwa.”Making Africa.” The Future is Here, Mousse Magazine, no 49. June 2015
Feature available to download via link below:

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Recent Press

PressPosted by Admin Jul 02, 2015 11:55:59

Bulgy Inverted featured in DMB 2015 press coverage by Designboom and Blouin Artinfo.

Nina Azzarello. “galerie armel soyer interprets a neo-classical room at design miami/basel 2015.” Designboom, June 11, 2015

Jana Perkovic. “Sneak Peek: 7 Mind-Blowing Ways to Use Technology at Design Miami/ Basel.” Blouin Artinfo, June 08, 2015

Bulgy Inverted, interior photo by Fred Biver as seen on fakeormistake.net

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Recent Press

PressPosted by Admin Mar 30, 2015 15:57:44

Arts.21 TV Mag, Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle covers ‘Making Africa’ in the March 28 episode of Arts.21, where you can hear from curator Amelie Klein and a handful of participants featured in the show.

Andrea Kasiske. Arts.21 – The Cultural Magazine, Deutsche Welle, Broadcast March 28 2015

Section D Radio Show, Monocle 24

For Episode 178, Monocle 24's design radio show Section D focused on design in Africa, with David Plaisant chatting with Vitra’s ‘Making Africa’ curator Amelie Klein and Tom Morris moderating a roundtable discussion in conjunction with Pierre-Christophe Gam.

Tom Morris. “Modern Africa.” Episode 178, Section D Radio Presentation, Monocle 24, Broadcast March 10 2015

Madame Mag - Air France

Blue Milk makes an appearance in Madame Magazine’s Art Opening feature styled by France de Jerphanion and shot on location at Galerie Armel Soyer by Antoine Harinthe.

“Art Opening.” Madame, Air France, Issue 166. March 2015
Feature available to download via link below:

Harper's Bazaar, China

Dior Haute Couture collides with Full Circle in the April edition of Harper’s Bazaar China!

Art directed by Jian Yueshu and shot by photographer Cécile Bortoletti on location at Salle Principale Gallery, Paris.

Stylist: Cheney Chen, assisted by Sid Yahao Sun and Ryan You.

“Art on Demand.” Harper’s Bazaar, China. April 2015.
Feature available to download via link below:

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Recent Press

PressPosted by Admin Dec 22, 2014 14:34:29

Design Indaba
Design Indaba profile by Tapiwa Matsinde.

Tapiwa Matsinde. “Fluid Forms.” Design Indaba, September 4 2014

Art Base Africa
Interview with Burcu Yancatarol Yagiz featured in the sophomore issue of Art Base Africa.

Burcu Yancatarol Yagiz. “Ifeanyi Oganwu: Designing Expanded Experience.” Art Base Africa, Issue 3, September 2014

AD España
Galerie Armel Soyer featured in AD España's list of Design Temples.

Rocio Ley. “10 Temples of Design.” AD España, October 2014.
Feature available to download via link below:

Interview with Bomi Odufunade featured in fall issue of Omenka Magazine.

Bomi Odufunade. “Ifeanyi Oganwu.” Omenka, Volume 1, Issue 4, October 2014.
Feature available to download via link below:

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Elle Décor China, May 2014

PressPosted by Admin May 23, 2014 15:23:39

Following Galerie Armel Soyer's presentation at the inaugural edition of Design Shanghai, Contoured Crater is featured in the May edition of Elle Decor China.

The short feature on editorial favorites praises Armel Soyer’s dedication to collaborating with artists and artisans in the making of beautifully crafted works, including the Contoured Crater that is “inspired by natural craters and made up of 50 birch ply slabs that are assembled in the form of a crater.”

“Favorites.” Elle Décor China, May 2014. Feature available to download via link below:

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Elle Décor Italia, March 2014

PressPosted by Admin Apr 17, 2014 14:20:35

Another wonderful presentation featuring Armel Soyer's home and design collection with Ren and Contoured Crater Desk.

Anna Cardinale. “Il Mondo di Armel.” Elle Décor Italia, March 2014.

Feature available to download via link below:

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Ideat Feature. March 2014

PressPosted by Admin Mar 11, 2014 16:17:35
Paris-based gallerist Armel Soyer is featured in the current edition of Ideat Magazine, which showcases the home she shares with photographer Gilles Pernet and their two sons. Their design collection includes Ren table and Tootsie rug.
Mikael Zikos. “Maximaliste.” Ideat, March 2014. Feature available to download via link below:

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New York Magazine, ‘Twenty-one Under Thirty-five’

PressPosted by Admin Oct 28, 2013 15:03:27

Ren marble table is featured in New York Magazine’s 2013 Global Design Issue, their worldwide survey of youthful ambition and ingenuity. The article is available to view below.

Emma Whitford. “Twenty-one Under Thirty-five.” New York Magazine, October 21 2013

For the complete editorial of NY Magazine’s annual survey, please visit:

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“Shaping Matter.” Interview with Afrikadaa Magazine.

PressPosted by Admin Oct 14, 2013 16:36:28

The fall issue of French quarterly Afrikadaa features an interview with Ifeanyi which is available to view below.

Olivia Anan. “Ifeanyi Oganwu. Shaping Matter.” Afrikadaa, Issue No 6. Oct – Dec 2013.

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Nouvelle(s) vague(s)

PressPosted by Admin May 15, 2013 17:04:05

“Nouvelle(s) vague(s).” IDEAT, France, April – May 2013

Look Mum, No Hands is wonderfully reviewed by Mikael Zikos in IDEAT’s behemoth anniversary issue.

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