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.
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.
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)
Shwisty 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.
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
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.