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.
Rotunda, Steel, 2017 1500 x 4160 x 4555 mm / 59.05 x 163.78 x 179.33 in Photo by Andy Liffner
Rotunda forms part of a larger project of Superbenches conceived to regenerate Kvarnbacken Park in Jakobsberg, which covers an area of 7 acres north of central Stockholm.
The proposal for Rotunda consists of offset arc structures which provide seating and enclosure to offer another layer of tranquillity within the park.
Circularity is adopted to create privacy within the public space. Consequently, Rotunda suggests a microamphitheatre with dual spatial qualities marked dichromatically – an internal enclosure in blue for moments of privacy and serenity, while making room from which to enjoy surrounding vistas on the external aspect of structure that is finished in an earthy grey.
The proposal encourages public participation and forms part of the Kalejdohill urban regeneration platform. The initiative preceeds redevelopment of the area by property developers HSB, Veidekke Bostad and Einar Mattsson.
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.
Cufflinks, 9KT Rose Gold, 2016 15 x 17 mm / 0.6 x 0.7 in Edition of 12 + 2AP
Ring, 9KT Rose Gold, 2016 37 x 33 mm / 1.5 x 1.3 in Edition of 12 + 2AP
Earrings, 9KT Rose Gold, 2016 45 x 23 mm / 1.8 x 0.9 in Edition of 12 + 2AP
Cityscapes collection of wearable structures seeks to unify natural and manmade landscapes. Here, the functional support acts as a horizon line from which shards are reflected to create interactive elements with varying geometric intricacy.
Works in the collection include a double ring, large earrings, and a pair of cufflinks, all of which grow from aggregated clusters of folded shards - the primary unit of the designs which are inspired by metropolitan skylines mirrored on bodies of water.
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.
Pedestal + Duniake, Moulded Birch Ply, Cotton with Digital Print, Linen, Foam, 2016 475 x 384 x 400 mm / 18.70 x 15.12 x 15.75 in Edition of 200
In this new collaboration fusing art and design, tradition and modernity, the Duniake fabric of female bodies is inspired by the everyday language of the Kenyan khanga and was created by Phoebe Boswell, whose work combines the digital and exquisite draftswomanship in her personal exploration of ‘home’.
The Pedestal assembly elevates the presentation of the artist designed fabrics while disappearing into the background - this is achieved through the vocabulary of arches, which are ubiquitous in urban landscapes. The pair of cylindrical bolsters suggest an innovative approach to seating whilst appearing to be displaced or broken off from a larger assembly.
The Pedestal reduces the stool typology to its essential form, combining moulded plywood shells supported by a pair of vertical walls and an inclined brace that is partially visible on the side elevation.
Pedestool, Laminated Birch Ply, 2016 475 x 384 x 400 mm / 18.70 x 15.12 x 15.75 in Edition of 10
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.