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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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