Featured workExpand Design Ltd: Splice

The result of a two-year research and development process, the Splice stool is a striking piece created through computer-aided engineering where, in a compact volume, reflecting surfaces and curves bring together a broad range of reflections and optical distortions.

The object’s shape invites the viewer to sit in a concave hollow, the outermost edge of which ends in a sharp vertical line. Originating in the rear of the seat, this line transitions into a series of lateral horizontal curves, creating a powerful synthesis of form, function and surface flow. To emphasize this transition, circular openings dot a portion of the stool’s surface, fulfilling several functions. As “holes into the void”, they contrast the highly reflecting surface and minimize the weight of the shell construction. Working as a natural handle for transportation of the object, they also enhance its acoustic experience, reducing the noise normally caused by metal objects.

  • Handmade mirror, polished aluminium, 46 × 79 × 82 cm. Edition of 6 + 2 AP. Courtesy of Expand Design Ltd, Galerie Armel Soyer, private collection © Ifeanyi Oganwu

    Expand Design Ltd. Splice, 2012