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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.

Contoured Crater Side Table

Contoured Crater, 2013 Posted on Apr 04, 2014 17:09:43

Introducing the reengineered Crater Side Table, the offcuts assembly now doubles as a bench with a mirror-polished steel base reflecting the growth of the form.
Side Table / Bench
Birch Ply, Stainless Steel, Lead Ballast
2150 x 672 x 320 mm / 84.6 x 26.5 x 12.6 in

Contoured Crater Desk

Contoured Crater, 2013 Posted on Apr 16, 2013 17:47:19

A methodically engineered construction in which structure creates surface, Contoured Crater Desk appears to float in weightlessness with its fifty birch ply plates stretched between two pools of stainless steel. At the top, a broad patch of brushed stainless steel defines a writing surface. While at the base, a mirror polished steel slab anchors the birch ply plates and reflects their ascent to a cantilever.

Embedded within the desk are lead ballast counterweights which further stabilize the construct. Material is extracted from the desk’s core to form a side table assembly and offset the buildup of mass, leaving behind a Fontana-esque crater which serves as vertical storage.

Birch Ply, Stainless Steel, Lead Ballast
2224 x 1004 x 756 mm / 87.5 x 39.5 x 29.8 in

Expand Design for Armel Soyer Editions
Limited to 10 + 2P