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.
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.
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.
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:
Designer BioPosted by Admin May 29, 2015 12:46:06 Ifeanyi’s minimalist and futuristic vision draws on a modernist ethos informed by his architecture studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago; the Architectural Association, London; and Columbia University, New York. As an architect, artist and designer of Nigerian origin, he is a world citizen who seeks inspiration from diverse sources across the globe. These wide-ranging influences vary from the residual undercurrents of Miesian modernism and its significance to the performative potential of materials in relation to the body, all of which operate at the intersections of art, architecture and design. He has worked for the offices of John Ronan Architects, Chicago; Zaha Hadid Architects, London; and has collaborated with the fashion design studio of Hussein Chalayan. In 2003 he joined the London-based structural engineering practice AKT II where he worked within their Parametric Applied Research Team to develop an integrated approach to explore and represent complex architectural scenarios. Throughout both his academic and professional experiences, Ifeanyi has combined his interest in art, culture and technology, consequently founding Expand Design and presenting a debut collection in 2010 at Milan Design Week. Since then his works have been widely exhibited internationally, with participations in both historical and contemporary shows at the Vitra Design Museum; Guggenheim Bilbao; Kunsthal Rotterdam; Swiss Institute New York; and the 2015 Shenzhen Biennale. In 2016, he was shortlisted for the Hublot Design Prize.
Ifeanyi lives and works in London, his design work is presented by Galerie Armel Soyer, Paris; and Gallery Elle, Zurich.
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.
Vitra Design Museum's 'Making Africa' is now open until the fall when
it travels to the Guggenheim Bilbao.
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.