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Founded by Ifeanyi Oganwu, 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.


Full Circle, 2010 Posted on Mar 14, 2010 17:48:13

Full Circle, Composite Material
1260 x 1100 x 850 mm / 49.6 x 43.3 x 33.5 in
Varied Edition of 20 + 4 A.P.
2009 / 2010

Full Circle arouses curiosities and invites multiple modes of habitation as an abstracted daybed or bench. It is a multi-user design with a sweeping form that has emerged from an exploration of the space between two common chairs using advanced modelling processes. The central mane that signifies Full Circle bifurcates into a sensuous back support. This re-embraces the overall form and consequently generates a flow between seat and bulbous base. The experience of Full Circle is that of a new biomorphic typology that truly emerges in the round.

Full Circle is a limited edition made of composite material that is produced through a combination of digital and rigorous hand crafting techniques. Each piece is unique in its presentation of form and reflectivity in relation to a vibrant colour palette.

Production Details. FC/AP1
March 2010. London, UK

Production images of FC/AP2 & FC/AP3
March/April 2010. London, UK

Expand Design Ltd at Hidden Heroes Exhibition

Exhibitions Posted on Mar 14, 2010 17:32:44

Milan Design Week/Fuori Salone
April 14 – 19 2010
T35/Nhow Hotel, no. 35 Via Tortona

Press Preview April 13, 14.00 – 19.00

Expand Design Ltd will present No More Play, its inaugural collection by Ifeanyi Oganwu, at the Hidden Heroes Exhibition during Milan Design Week/Fuori Salone 2010 from April 14 to April 19 at T35/Nhow Hotel, no. 35 Via Tortona.

Generated as exercises in undefined spatial potential, material performance, customization, and nomadic possibility, No More Play emphasizes the correlation between function and adaptability. The collection consists of Full Circle, a multi-user bench made of composite material; Ren, a low marble table; and Tootsie, a flexible marble floor mosaic. Full Circle, Ren and Tootsie are limited editions that explore unexpected new typologies by means of advanced digital technologies and refined handicraft.

Hidden Heroes 2010 will host conceptual works, prototypes, finished products, and a design shop. It will also feature Lands that Oscar Built, an exhibition in honour of master architect Oscar Niemeyer, whose creation Brasilia celebrates its 50th anniversary in April.

About Hidden Heroes
Hidden Heroes is a platform for innovative, functional, and dysfunctional forms of art, with over 40 designers from 30 different countries.

Exhibition + Media Partners:
Moooi, ART LichtTechnik, Rolling Stone and Frame Magazine, Marameo Design, Wyborowa Exquisite Wodka
Archive of Brasilia, Brasilia 50 Years

Exhibition organized by Urban-FX and Untitled (FAB)

Installation View1

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