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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.

Making Africa at the Vitra Design Design Museum

Exhibitions Posted on Mar 10, 2015 15:52:52

Splice, Aluminium, 2012
790 x 820 x 460 mm / 31.1 x 32.3 x 18.1 in

Splice will be featured in ‘Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design’ at the Vitra Design Museum. The show is curated by Vitra’s Amelie Klein with Okwui Enwezor, director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst and the 2015 Venice Art Biennale, as consulting curator.

The exhibition assembles work from over 120 artists, architects and designers working within the continent and diaspora, with a view to showcasing the transformative potentials for design in the 21st century.

From March 14th through September 13th 2015, before travelling to the Guggenheim Bilbao in the fall.

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Design Miami / Basel 2014

Exhibitions Posted on Aug 11, 2014 15:49:40

For the 2014 edition of Design Miami / Basel, Galerie Armel Soyer’s presentation included Blue Milk, Contoured Crater and Bulgy Inverted. During the fair, the gallery welcomed collectors, industry professionals, friends and enthusiasts at the dynamic booth.
Photos by James Harris.

Art Paris 2014

Exhibitions Posted on Apr 04, 2014 16:46:33

Galerie Armel Soyer presented Blue Milk and Contoured Crater Suite to an audience of collectors and enthusiasts at the 2014 edition of Art Paris.

Photo by Gilles Pernet.

Design Shanghai 2014

Exhibitions Posted on Mar 12, 2014 17:10:59

Contoured Crater Desk was presented by Galerie Armel Soyer during the inaugural edition of Design Shanghai 2014 which took place from February 27th to March 2nd.

Design Miami 2013

Exhibitions Posted on Dec 23, 2013 13:00:57

Priveekollektie presented BULGY and Milky Splice to an audience of collectors and enthusiasts during Design Miami 2013, the global forum for design.

Thanks to all who visited.

Happy Holidays!

Photo by James Harris.

Bulgy at PAD London 2013

Exhibitions Posted on Oct 28, 2013 14:54:32

Earlier this month, Priveekollektie presented BULGY to an international audience of collectors and enthusiasts during the annual PAD fair in London’s Berkeley Square.

The work was well received and the occasion marked Expand Design’s very first presentation in London.

Booth photos by Ian Scigliuzzi below.

Design Miami / Basel 2013

Exhibitions Posted on Jun 27, 2013 17:47:30

Installation Photo by Ian Scigliuzzi

BULGY was successfully launched by Dutch gallery, Priveekollektie at Design Miami / Basel 2013, where Miriam and Irving van Dijk welcomed at their booth – collectors, designers, curators, critics and enthusiasts from around the world in celebration of design culture.

Look Mum, No Hands / First Solo Show / Galerie Armel Soyer

Exhibitions Posted on Apr 16, 2013 14:28:17

Ifeanyi’s first solo show opens next week at the Paris gallery of Armel Soyer.

Entitled Look Mum, No Hands – the exhibition is an amazing opportunity to observe how the ideas and concepts central to Expand Design are evolving. The selected works, including architecture projects from Ifeanyi’s studies at Columbia University, explore the relationship between materiality and topology; craft and engineering; architecture and design.

The show will mark the launch of Contoured Crater, a desk and side table collection exclusive to Galerie Armel Soyer. The desk, methodically engineered, appears to float in weightlessness with its fifty birch ply plates stretched between two pools of stainless steel, while the offcuts from its Fontana-esque crater are assembled to form a side table.

An illustrated catalogue will be available at the gallery next week and an online version shortly afterwards.

Please see below for details:
Opening reception is at 6pm on Tuesday, April 23rd
Galerie Armel Soyer
21st Century Design and Decorative Arts
19-21 Rue Chapon
75003 Paris

Exhibition runs till July 12th and will constitute the gallery’s presentation for Designer’s Days Paris taking place June 4th – 9th.

Photo by Gilles Pernet

Perimeter Art&Design / Art Paris 2013 / Booth H4

Exhibitions Posted on Mar 26, 2013 18:39:58

Splice will be featured in the group presentation by London-based gallery Perimeter in this year’s edition of Art Paris. The event takes place at the Grand Palais and runs from Wednesday March 27th to Monday April 1st.

On Friday 29th Pascale Revert, who leads Perimeter, will be take part in a panel discussion on the topic of challenges facing design from emerging countries, it will be a great occasion for Pascale to shed more light on her unique approach to this edition of Art Paris. The discussion kicks off at 4pm and includes design mavericks Arik Levy, Cheick Diallo and Matali Crasset as well as gallerist Paola Bjäringer.

For additional information please visit:

Photo by Gilles Pernet

AAF / Designing Africa Exhibition / Lagos

Exhibitions Posted on Mar 06, 2013 19:16:15

Ifeanyi will participate in the group show organized by Lagos-based African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), taking place from March 8th till April 5th 2013.

Surveying an exciting range of emerging practitioners, the exhibition titled – Designing Africa: Appropriating Culture, Mediums and Meanings, further probes the sometimes blurred boundaries between art and design, while initiating a discourse that is both African and (globally) inclusive.

Curated by AAF’s Joseph Gergel, the exhibition includes the work of Native Almaqri, Chinenye Emelogu, Alafuro Sikoki-Coleman and thanksthanksafrica, a diverse group of artists with a shared sensibility to process, experimentation and presentation.

The occasion marks Ifeanyi’s first show in Nigeria, as well as the first public presentation of the Double Agent Suite following its Milan debut in 2011.

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Priveekollektie / Design Miami 2012

Exhibitions Posted on Nov 27, 2012 14:23:35

Ifeanyi is now represented by Netherlands-based gallery Priveekollektie led by Miriam and Irving van Dijk.

Priveekollektie will feature a selection of gallery artists including works from Expand at this year’s edition of Design Miami, their fourth outing at this prestigious fair, which is widely considered to be the most prominent and substantive forum for international design and is renowned for bringing together the most influential designers, collectors, dealers, curators and critics from around the world.

Other designers featured in Priveekollektie’s presentation at the fair include – De Intuïtiefabriek, Richard Hutten, Reinier Bosch, Rolf Sachs, Nigel Coates, Dominic Harris, and Thukral and Tagra.

Design Miami takes place from December 4th to 9th at Meridian Avenue & 19th Str, adjacent to the Convention Center. Concurrent to this event, Priveekollektie is also participating in Art Miami, Booth A32.

Priveekollektie / Booth G22 / DESIGN MIAMI

About Priveekollektie:
Priveekollektie represents internationally recognized artists and designers as well as providing young and upcoming talents with a platform for showing their exceptional collectible design and art pieces. Key in the collection is the combination of contemporary art and limited-edition design and the crossing of the fine line between both disciplines.

Before opening the gallery in 2006, Irving and Miriam van Dijk avidly collected art and design. Their personal approach, knowledge and taste has developed one of the leading galleries for collectible design in Europe, with exceptional exhibitions and participations in renowned international fairs in Paris, Basel, Miami, London and New York for both contemporary art and design.

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Chromophobia. Group Show Paris

Exhibitions Posted on Apr 22, 2012 17:07:04

Ifeanyi will participate at Perimeter’s forthcoming group show taking place from April 25th to June 15th 2012. Titled Chromophobia, the exhibition departs conceptually from David Batchelor’s book of the same name.

Divided into 4 scenarios and composed of works chosen for the importance of colour in relation to their conception, the exhibition is designed by Maryam Mahdavi and features Milky Splice, as well as the work of:

Aldo Bakker, Campana Brothers, Miguel Chevalier, Formafantasma, Janette Laverriere, Tomas Libertiny, Maryam Mahdavi, Peter Marigold, Pierre Paulin, Paola Petrobelli and Studio Job.

Opening reception April 24th, 18:30 to 21:30.
47 rue Saint André des Arts, Paris.
Gallery hours: 14:30 to 19:00, Tuesday to Saturday and by appointment.

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