London Met Product Design alums named Stars of Tomorrow

Amechi Mandi and Chelsea Vivash, both graduates of Furniture and Product Design, were featured in the special issue.

Date: 20 September 2022

Two London Met graduates have been named Stars of Tomorrow by Homes and Gardens magazine.

The special issue, which aims to showcase the best and brightest upcoming talent in design, homewares and gardens, featured Amechi Mandi and Chelsea Vivash, who both studied on our Furniture and Product Design BA programme.

Since leaving London Met, Amechi has founded his own design brand – also called Amechi – which draws inspiration from traditional African textiles. The Cameroonian-born designer takes inspiration from his heritage in his colourful and distinctive designs.

This year saw the launch of his wallpaper collection in collaboration with Dado Atelier, comprised of a series of designs which Homes and Gardens say “sit between sophisticated and statement.”

He is currently preparing to launch a collection of throws, as well as a range of ceramics as part of his Kirdi collection.

Chelsea's work offers a modern take on the traditional art of marquetry. This autumn will see the launch of her collection in collaboration with Heal's, with a series of handcrafted and shapely wall mirrors adorned with her signature style.

Inspired by her own drawings, each piece is handmade with veneer offcuts, making each one completely unique. 

The School of Art, Architecture and Design's Peter Marigold said, "I'm immensely proud of these two talented graduates from our course. They were both invaluable contributors to the studio, bringing both creative and social energy that benefit the group as a whole. To see them stocked in the most well-known shops in the UK feels like a worthy rubber stamp on their work."

Homes and Gardens magazine cover