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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.

Podcast – Third Culture Africans

Talks Posted on May 19, 2020 11:35:43

Third Culture Africans hosted a conversation between its founder Zeze Oriaikhi-Sao and Ifeanyi Oganwu. The discussion covered Ifeanyi’s process as well as Expand Design’s journey over the past 10 years.

The episode is available to listen via link below, in addition to all podcast platforms.

‘African Design’

Talks Posted on Sep 26, 2019 11:27:49

Marking the UK launch of publication, ‘African Generation: The Power of Design’, the panel discussion touched on design creativity from the continent and diaspora.

Moderated by Clarisse Kapferer, Langages du Sud; panel included Hicham Lahlou, author, designer, design ambassador; Cher Potter, V&A Museum London; and Ifeanyi Oganwu, Expand Design Ltd.

Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2019.

Where: 100% Design Auditorium, Olympia London.

‘African Art & Design – Beyond a Trend’

Talks Posted on Nov 28, 2018 12:42:28

Panel Discussion – African Art & Design – Beyond a Trend, at Sotheby’s London.

Moderated by Chrissa Amuah, Africa by Design; panel included Reni Folawiyo, ALARA Lagos; Pascale Revert, 50 Golborne; and Ifeanyi Oganwu, Expand Design Ltd.

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

1:54 FORUM, 2016

Talks Posted on Jul 21, 2017 14:14:06

Talk – Waveforms, in conjunction with Phoebe Boswell and Princess Alia Al-Senussi.

Expanding on approach to collaborative practice, part of 1:54’s FORUM Series curated by Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director, Raw Material Company, Dakar).

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016.

Listen HERE.

IIT Lecture, Chicago

Talks Posted on Feb 05, 2012 19:27:45

On Monday February 13th Ifeanyi will deliver an afternoon lecture at IIT Chicago. Titled “New Work”, the talk will revolve around the journey leading up to the completion of Splice, the forthcoming creation that will be launched this spring.

Event Details:
Noon, Monday, February 13th
S.R. Crown Hall, Lower Core
3360 S. State Street. Chicago, IL 60616

For additional information please visit

“Engineering Craft.” Ifeanyi Oganwu. CCA Lecture

Talks Posted on Dec 08, 2011 16:23:40

CCA Lecture, San Francisco
October 26, 2011
Run Time: 55mins 08secs
Video Courtesy of CCA

CCA Lecture, San Francisco

Talks Posted on Sep 22, 2011 19:12:26

On Wednesday October 26th Ifeanyi will deliver an evening lecture at the California College of Arts, San Francisco as part of their Design and Craft lecture program. Behind-the-scenes material on both current collections and works in progress will be presented.

For further details please visit:

Sotheby’s Institute of Art

Talks Posted on Mar 02, 2011 15:37:57

March 8 2011

Ifeanyi presents the work of Expand Design to the MA in Contemporary Design Programme at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London.