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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.


Shwisty, 2015Posted by Admin Mar 07, 2016 15:10:45

Shwisty, Mild Steel, 2015
760 x 1510 x 2740 mm / 29.92 x 59.45 x 107.87 in
910 x 1830 x 2740 mm / 35.83 x 72.05 x 107.87 in (Including net)

is a participatory surface designed for public use and engineered for both indoor and outdoor settings, part of a series in which compact functional planar surfaces are derived from folded continuous loops. Its multipurpose nature lends the table to work, play and relaxation depending on the number of users at a given time.

The design is formed of planar sheet steel constructs – 5mm in thickness, which create dichromatic structural supports and playing surfaces. Diachromatism is introduced as topological markers to describe the trajectory and structural interdependence within each group of planar surfaces, resulting in the combination of pattern and function. An approach inspired by a range of sources notably Hank Willis Thomas’s photograph Crossroads as well as Peter Doig’s painting Ping Pong.

The construction incorporates manufacturing technologies and processes available in Shenzhen with a view towards deploying the work in other cities – one per continent. In addition to adapting design to each site of installation, local fabrication expertise will be utilized as a means to produce a range of unique results within the series. In this instance, the constituent parts are cut offsite with assembly and finishing carried out onsite.

Commissioned on the occasion of the 2015 Bi-City Biennale in Shenzhen, and deployed at Maker Maker in order to create an active surface where play and relaxation are not only encouraged; they coexist within the site of an exhibition.

Photos Chaos Zhang, courtesy UABB (SZ).

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FT Review of ‘Making Africa’ at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

PressPosted by Admin Nov 19, 2015 18:08:21

Splice is featured in the Financial Times review of 'Making Africa' at the Guggenheim Bilbao.
Caroline Roux. “Africa: The Connected Continent.” Financial Times, Life & Arts, November 7, 2015

PDF copy available to download via link below:

Please visit www.ft.com/making-africa for slideshow accompanying the review.

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Autonomous Rex and Short Contribution Featured in Vitra’s Bauhaus Catalogue

BooksPosted by Admin Nov 17, 2015 11:24:02

The illustrated exhibition catalogue accompanying Vitra’s survey ‘The Bauhaus itsalldesign’ is available to purchase online.

Edited by Mateo Kries and Jolanthe Kugler, the catalogue includes contributions by Lord Foster, Jasper Morrison, Joseph Grima, with essays by Arthur Rüegg and Jan Boelen, among others.
Autonomous Rex, 2006

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Video Tour of Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau

PressPosted by Admin Nov 17, 2015 11:18:27
Wonderfully tongue-in-cheek video tour of PDLEN starring model turned real estate broker Trish Goff.

Felix Burrichter. “Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau: A 21st Century Show Home.” Episode 187, W Magazine Fashion Films, November 6, 2015

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BULGY Inverted / Acoustic Stories

PressPosted by Admin Oct 20, 2015 13:53:23

Installation Detail, BULGY Inverted at Design Miami/Basel 2015
Photo, Fred Biver

Acoustic Stories, a new feature on fakeormistake photo blog features audio interview covering BULGY Inverted following its DMB 2015 presentation by Galerie Armel Soyer.

Fred Biver. “Histoires Acoustiques – Ifeanyi Oganwu | Expand Design LTD.” fakeormistake, June 2015

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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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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:

For additional details and installation views please visit:

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.

For additional details please visit:

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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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Making Africa Exhibition Catalogue

BooksPosted by Admin Aug 03, 2015 15:07:41

Illustrated exhibition catalogue accompanying ‘Making Africa’ available to purchase online

Edited by Amelie Klein and Mateo Kries, the publication includes contributions by Okwui Enwezor, Koyo Kouoh and Edgar Pieterse, among others.

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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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New Monograph by Armel Soyer

BooksPosted by Admin Jul 09, 2015 15:36:09

Galerie Armel Soyer has recently published a mini monograph built on the exhibition catalogue accompanying Look Mum, No Hands solo presentation at the gallery in 2013.

Publication includes essay by design historian and Sorbonne professor Stéphane Laurent.

Copies are now available through the gallery.

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