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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.

Selected Press Fall 2018

Press Posted on 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
https://www.vogue.com/article/best-design-exhibitions-fall

Will Heinrich. “Art Fall Preview: Over 100 Not-to-Miss Shows From East Coast to West.” New York Times, September 12, 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/12/arts/design/fall-art-calendar.html

Anita Gates. “Back to School With a Side of Art.” New York Times, October 25, 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/arts/back-to-school-with-a-side-of-art.html

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
http://www.designcommunication.net/design-events/the-salonesatellite-permanent-collection-the-new-design-destination



B Table

B Table, 2017 Posted on 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.



SaloneSatellite. 20 Years of New Creativity. 2017

Books Posted on 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

Additional information:
http://www.corraini.com/en/catalogo/scheda_libro/1333/SaloneSatellite



Vanity Fair, August 2017

Press Posted on 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:



Armel Soyer Alps, Profile, Summer 2017

Press Posted on 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

PDF copy available for download via link below:



Recent Publications – Summer 2017

Books Posted on Jul 25, 2017 13:37:25

Kalejdohill. Superbenches. Stockholm. 2017

Catalogue accompanying special project.

http://kalejdohill.com/all-projects/superbenches

Themes and Variations. Seeking Africa. London. 2016

Illustrated catalogue accompanying gallery exhibition.

https://www.themesandvariations.com/

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.

http://actar.com/re-living-city-uabb-2015-catalogue/



Selected Press Summer 2017 – Rotunda

Press Posted on Jul 25, 2017 11:45:38

Ryan Waddoups. “10 Design Talents Craft Innovative Benches for Stockholm Park.” Interior Design Magazine, May 7, 2017
http://www.interiordesign.net/articles/13216-10-design-talents-craft-innovative-benches-for-stockholm-park/

Yoko Choy. Bench press: designers put a new spin on public seating in Sweden. Wallpaper, May 9, 2017
https://www.wallpaper.com/design/superbench-designers-create-public-seating-in-sweden

Laura Arrighi. “In Stockholm There are the Most Beautiful (and Strange) Benches in the World. Here Because.” Elle Décor Italia, May 12, 2017
http://www.elledecor.it/arredo-giardino-tendenze-2017/10-super-panchine-design-stoccolma-superbenches

Alyn Griffiths. “World’s Top Designers Reinvent the Classic Park Bench.” CNN Style, May 15, 2017
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/15/design/superbenches-kvarnbacken-stockholm-definitive-design/index.html

Jennifer Snack. “Superbenches, Auteur Benches in a Stockholm Park.” DiarioDESIGN, May 18, 2017
http://diariodesign.com/2017/05/superbenches-bancos-de-autor-en-un-parque-de-estocolmo/

Shumi Bose. “The Bench.” Disegno Daily, June 19, 2017
https://www.disegnodaily.com/article/the-bench



Superbenches Video Presentation by Archdaily

Press Posted on Jul 25, 2017 11:40:15

Gillian Dobias. “10 ‘SUPERBENCHES’ in the Stockholm Suburb of Järfälla.” Archdaily, Jun 14, 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeVo5WJpA_c&feature=youtu.be



Rotunda

Rotunda, 2017 Posted on Jul 24, 2017 14:47:59

Rotunda, Steel, 2017
1500 x 4160 x 4555 mm / 59.05 x 163.78 x 179.33 in
Photo by Andy Liffner

Rotunda forms part of a larger project of Superbenches conceived to regenerate Kvarnbacken Park in Jakobsberg, which covers an area of 7 acres north of central Stockholm.

The proposal for Rotunda consists of offset arc structures which provide seating and enclosure to offer another layer of tranquillity within the park.

Circularity is adopted to create privacy within the public space. Consequently, Rotunda suggests a microamphitheatre with dual spatial qualities marked dichromatically – an internal enclosure in blue for moments of privacy and serenity, while making room from which to enjoy surrounding vistas on the external aspect of structure that is finished in an earthy grey.

The proposal encourages public participation and forms part of the Kalejdohill urban regeneration platform. The initiative preceeds redevelopment of the area by property developers HSB, Veidekke Bostad and Einar Mattsson.

Commissioned by Kalejdohill.

Photo by Jezzica Sunmo



Exhibitions – Spring 2017

Exhibitions Posted on Jul 24, 2017 14:38:56

Autonomous Rex, 2006

The Bauhaus #itsalldesign. (Travelling Exhibition organized by Vitra Design Museum)
ADAM Art and Design Atomium Museum, Brussels, Belgium.

Curator: Jolanthe Kugler

March 16 – June 11, 2017

Additional details:
http://www.adamuseum.be

Cityscapes collection of wearable structures in 9k gold, presented by Elisabetta Cipriani at TEFAF Showcase Maastricht.

Dates: March 10 – 19, 2017

Additional details:
https://www.tefaf.com/fairs/tefaf-maastricht

B Table, presented at Collezione SaloneSatellite 20 Anni, Milan Design Week 2017.

In April 2017, SaloneSatellite turned 20 years. The milestone was celebrated by showcasing important collaborations between selected designers and producers, some presented for the first time.

Organiser: Marva Griffin Wilshire
Curator: Beppe Finessi

Dates: April 4 – 9, 2017

Additional details:
http://www.salonemilano.it/en/manifestazioni/salone-satellite.html



Selected Press Fall 2016 / Spring 2017

Press Posted on Jul 24, 2017 14:27:51

Felix Burrichter. “Favorite Flora.” Pin Up, Issue 20, Spring Summer 2016

“Expand Designs: Ifeanyi Oganwu Talks Art, Design and Africa.” This Day, Home + Design, Issue 14, August 2016
PDF copy available to download via link below:

Margot Guicheteau. “Un Bureau à Domicile: Des Modèles Compacts et Design.” Le Figaro, Madame, September 23, 2016
http://madame.lefigaro.fr/deco-design/un-bureau-a-domicile-190916-116649

Cédric Saint André Perrin. “Megéve. Design en Altitude.” AD France, No. 139. December 2016 / January 2017
PDF copy available to download via link below:

Delphine Després. “Galerie Armel Soyer Alps – Seizing Contrasts.” Artravel Hors Serié – Les Alps 2017. December 19, 2016
PDF copy available to download via link below:

Aiwekhoe Iyahen. “The Future is Now – The Engineering Craft of Ifeanyi Oganwu.” Luxe Noir, Issue 1, Cape Town. December 2016
PDF copy available to download via link below:

Marie-Eudes Lauriot Prévost. “In Megève, Design at the Top.” Point De Vue, January 4, 2017
PDF copy available to download via link below:

Christine Marie Halter-Oppelt. “The Wonder of Megève.” Style Mountain, February 2017
PDF copy available to download via link below:

Jareh Das. “TEFAF MAASTRICHT 2017 Review.” Selections Magazine, March 30, 2017
http://www.selectionsarts.com/2017/03/tefaf-maastricht-2017-review/



Exhibitions – Fall 2016

Exhibitions Posted on Jul 24, 2017 13:59:50

REBORN

Two-Person Show with multidisciplinary artist Christina Oiticica.

Presented at Gallery Elle, Zurich’s premier gallery with an emphasis on contemporary design programming.

Organized by Galerie Armel Soyer and Gallery Elle.

Exhibition Start Date: Oct. 21, 2016

Additional details:
http://galleryelle.com/

Photos Courtesy of Gallery Elle.

Seeking Africa
Pedestal + Duniake presented in Seeking Africa, Design / Art Across A Continent. A group show organized by West London Gallery – Themes & Variations, highlighting the work of over 20 artists and designers from the continent and diaspora.

Accompanied by illustrated catalogue available through the gallery.

Exhibition Dates: Nov. 16 – Dec. 16, 2016

Additional details:
https://www.themesandvariations.com/

Making Africa, A Continent of Contemporary Design

Travelling exhibition organized by Vitra Design Museum and Guggenheim Bilbao, stopped at Kunsthal Rotterdam.

Curated by Amelie Klein with Okwui Enwezor as consulting curator.

Exhibition Dates: Oct. 1, 2016 – Jan. 15, 2017

Additional details:
https://www.kunsthal.nl/en
http://www.design-museum.de

Photo by Mark Niedermann, Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum.

Design Miami/ 2016
Cityscapes debut presentation by Elisabetta Cipriani.

Dates: Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 2016

Additional details:
http://miami2016.designmiami.com/



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