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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.

The Bauhaus #itsalldesign, Designmuseum Denmark

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Mar 15, 2019 12:52:14

Autonomus Rex. Drawing, 2006

Designmuseum Denmark, Copenhagen will celebrate the centenary of the Bauhaus by presenting the major survey - The Bauhaus #itsalldesign. The travelling exhibition is organized by Vitra Design Museum and Bundeskunsthalle Bonn; and curated by Jolanthe Kugler.

Works by Bauhaus artists and designers are presented alongside that of contemporary practitioners to highlight the importance and continued impact of historical institution.

March 14 – Dec. 01, 2019

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Pin-Up Features, 2017/18

PressPosted by Admin Mar 15, 2019 12:47:31

Milky Splice is featured in profile of Berlin-based Functional Art Gallery.

Felix Burrichter. Pin-Up Presents Functional Art. Pin-Up, Special Publication and Online Feature, November, 2018

Rotunda is featured in Superbenches project profile by Pin-Up Magazaine.

“Outdoor Comfort.” Pin-Up, Issue 23, Fall Winter 2017/18

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Décoration Chalet. Le style Savoie Mont-Blanc.

BooksPosted by Admin Feb 05, 2019 14:29:25

Hugonot, Marie-Christine. Décoration Chalet. Le style Savoie Mont-Blanc. Glénat Livres. Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. 2018


Crater and Ren as seen in Armel Soyer Alps, is featured in new book by Marie-Christine Hugonot, published by Glénat Livres, France.

‘Décoration Chalet. Le style Savoie Mont-Blanc’ allows the author “to update the codes of an art of living the mountain in all seasons that has not finished to surprise us. She presents projects that make us dream and invites us to meet artists, artists and talented designers who feed on this landscape to create. The mountain muse or mountain resource, sometimes both, infuse their art with extra soul.”

“Abundantly illustrated, this book, conceived as a box of ideas, offers a varied repertoire of shapes, materials and colors that harmonize in the mountains, giving tips from professionals and individuals. It also contains a rich address book in the form of an illustrated alphabet to continue the adventure beyond these pages.”

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Group Exhibitions, 2018

ExhibitionsPosted by Admin Dec 02, 2018 11:20:57

Abstract Expressions

Cityscapes and Silverscapes featured in group show – Abstract Expressions - Explorations in Jewellery Design, at Zaha Hadid Gallery, London.

Oct. 10 – 19, 2018.

Installation photos by Karoliina Helosuo Photography

The Bauhaus #itsalldesign
Autonomus Rex. Animation still, 2006

The Bauhaus #itsalldesign. (Travelling Exhibition organized by Vitra Design Museum and Bundeskunsthalle Bonn)

MUDAC, Lausanne.

Curator: Jolanthe Kugler

Sept. 20, 2018 – Jan. 06, 2019

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Making Africa
High Museum, Atlanta. Photo John Paul Floyd

Splice included in Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design.

Travelling exhibition organized by Vitra Design Museum and Guggenheim Bilbao, stopped at High Museum, Atlanta and Albuquerque Museum, USA.

Curated by Amelie Klein with Okwui Enwezor as consulting curator.

Exhibition dates at Blanton Museum: Oct. 14, 2018 – Jan. 06, 2019

Installation photo. Blanton Museum

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SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection
B Table presented at SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection, Legno Arredo ITS Rosario Messina Foundation Training Facility, Lentate sul Seveso, Italy.

Special inaugural presentation Nov. 09 – 23, 2018

Photo courtesy DesignCommunication Blog

Artissima 2018

Cityscapes, Silverscapes presented by Elisabetta Cipriani at Artissima, Turin.
Nov. 02 – 04, 2018

Design Miami/ Basel 2018

Cityscapes presented by Elisabetta Cipriani at Design Miami/ Basel.
June 12 – 17, 2018


Ifeanyi Oganwu contributed to group show and publication for AFRICA-LATIN AMERICA, Rising Design/ Design Emergente. SaloneSatellite, 2018. Milan.

Curated by Hicham Lahlou and The Campana Brothers.

Apr. 17 – 22, 2018

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'African Art & Design - Beyond a Trend'

TalksPosted by Admin Nov 28, 2018 12:42:28

Panel Discussion - African Art & Design - Beyond a Trend, at Sotheby’s London.

Moderated by Chrissa Amuah, Africa by Design; panel included Reni Folawiyo, ALARA Lagos; Pascale Revert, 50 Golborne; and Ifeanyi Oganwu, Expand Design Ltd.

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

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Pavilion de L’Espirit Nouveau: A 21st Century Show Home, 2018

BooksPosted by Admin Nov 28, 2018 12:10:42

Catalogue accompanying exhibition ‘Pavilion de L’Espirit Nouveau: A 21st Century Show Home’.
Edited by Felix Burrichter, Simon Castets, Karen Marta.
Published by Swiss Institute. New York, USA. 2018.

“As the second edition of Swiss Institute’s Architecture and Design Series, this volume adopts the conceptual framework of the exhibition at SI and is related public programs, in addition to presenting seminal essays, archival materials, and exhibition documentation.”

For details: https://www.swissinstitute.net/product/pavillon-de-lesprit-nouveau-a-21st-century-show-home/

BULGY Inverted, 2014

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Selected Press Fall 2018

PressPosted by Admin Nov 28, 2018 11:52:16

Ifeanyi named Powerlist Rising Star for 2019.

Adenike Adenitire. “Rising Stars. On The Up!” Powerlist 2019, London, October, 2018
PDF copy available to download via link below:

'Making Africa' travelling exhibition at Blanton Museum of Art, featured in international highlights for Fall 2019.

Madeleine Luckel. “12 of the Best Design Exhibitions to See This Fall.” Vogue, September 18, 2018

Will Heinrich. “Art Fall Preview: Over 100 Not-to-Miss Shows From East Coast to West.” New York Times, September 12, 2018

Anita Gates. “Back to School With a Side of Art.” New York Times, October 25, 2018

B Table, 2017, enters Permanent Collection of SaloneSatellite, Italy.

Milica Miletic Serbedzija. “The SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection – The New Design Destination.” DesignCommunication Blog, November 14, 2018

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B Table

B Table, 2017Posted by Admin Sep 12, 2018 15:24:00

B Table
Laminated Marble – White Carrara and Grey Bardiglio
In two parts, each 840 x 420 x 300 mm / 33.1 x 16.5 x 11.8 in
Limited Edition, 2017

B Table celebrates engineering and material fusion by presenting a time-honoured material alongside innovative processing. The pair of variably configurable low tables is formed of laminated strips of grey and white marble which define the materials’ paths. A layer of ephemerality is introduced by the alternation between glossy and matte finishes to the top surface, thus suggesting an endless circuit.

Produced in partnership with Henraux on the occasion of 'Collezione SaloneSatellite 20 Anni', a landmark exhibition, and permanent collection, highlighting important collaborations between designers and producers.

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SaloneSatellite. 20 Years of New Creativity. 2017

BooksPosted by Admin Aug 01, 2017 14:28:03

Ren, 2010

Full Circle, 2010

Ren marble table and Full Circle multiuser bench are featured in the catalogue – SaloneSatellite. 20 Years of New Creativity by Beppe Finessi, which traces the first 20 years of Milan’s SaloneSatellite.

The publication is illustrated with selections of work by over 500 designers who kicked off their careers at the world-leading platform for showcasing new design talent.

Beppe Finessi. SaloneSatellite. 20 Years of New Creativity. Corraini Edizioni. Mantova, Italy. 2017

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Vanity Fair, August 2017

PressPosted by Admin Jul 26, 2017 13:35:25

Cityscapes ring featured in Vanity Fair’s excellent profile of Elisabetta Cipriani.

Dorian May. “Art Couture.” Vanity Fair, On Jewellery, UK, August 2017

PDF copy available to download via link below:

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Armel Soyer Alps, Profile, Summer 2017

PressPosted by Admin Jul 25, 2017 13:51:48

Galerie Armel Soyer Alps, featured in Vogue Living Australia.

Online tour

Ian Phillips. “Peak Interest.” Vogue Living, Australia, July/August 2017

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Recent Publications - Summer 2017

BooksPosted by Admin Jul 25, 2017 13:37:25

Kalejdohill. Superbenches. Stockholm. 2017

Catalogue accompanying special project.


Themes and Variations. Seeking Africa. London. 2016

Illustrated catalogue accompanying gallery exhibition.


Gideon Fink Shapiro. Re-Living the City: UABB 2015 Catalogue. Actar Publishers. New York and Barcelona. 2016

Illustrated catalogue edited by Gideon Fink Shapiro accompanying 2015 UABB Biennale.


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