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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.


Splice, 2012 Posted on Mar 18, 2012 21:43:03

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

Splice intersects the worlds of handicraft and digital design methodologies, assembling 6 primary aluminium panels that are hand-formed over a CNC-milled 3D template. The resulting surfaces and curvatures create a broad range of distinct reflective zones and distortions over a very compact volume.

The design is characterized by a sweeping form that simultaneously embraces the user positioned on its concave elevation, whilst creating a dissection by means of a blade-like vertical horizon line originating at its rear. This vertical blade transitions into distinct horizontal wave forms on each side elevation, creating structural forces that synthesize form, function and surface flow. Further to marking the transition between the blade and waves by blurred surfaces in motion, the contours of the upper surface are highlighted by apertures that serve multiple purposes. By opening into the void within the shell structure they create a lighter construct and uniquely juxtapose a highly reflective exterior with the void of the interior surface. Additionally, the apertures act as grips for handling the work and enhance the acoustic experience of the form, dampening the throbbing sounds usually associated with metal.

Originating after 2 years of research and development involving the intricacies of manipulating multi-curved sheet metal, it is a fine example of “engineered craft”.

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Splice, 2012 Posted on Dec 20, 2011 14:15:49