Chrissa Amuah is the Founder and Creative Director of AMWA Designs, an Adinkra-inspired luxury homeware and interiors brand. She is an MA graduate from the world-renowned Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London.
Chrissa has described living with a sense of duality. Although born and raised in London, her heritage stems from Ghana, Togo and Benin; but it is from Ghana that she draws most of her design inspiration. Following an international debut at Milan Design Week 2015, Chrissa has gained global recognition with press features in Elle Décor Departures magazine and the FT’s How To Spend It, to name a few.
In 2017, she established AFRICA BY DESIGN; a concept of love intended to showcase and celebrate the best of Africa’s design talent. AFRICA BY DESIGN works to create international commercial opportunities for its featured designers. Since its launch, AFRICA BY DESIGN has exhibited in five cities across four continents.
In 2017, Chrissa was also recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ in the Black British Business Awards Consumer & Luxury Category.
Chrissa is often called upon as a guest speaker for design focused panel conversations. In March 2018, she was invited by the internationally distinguished auction house, Sotheby’s, to moderate, ‘African Art & Design: Beyond A Trend’, a conversation exploring the significance of African art and design.
In August 2020 Chrissa Amuah was announced as a member of the Allgood Collective, as a brand ambassador for sustainable footwear brand, Allbirds.
In December 2020, Chrissa made herDesign Miami/ debut with Freedom To Move, a conceptual project sponsored byluxury car brand, Lexus.
A selection of Chrissa’s work feature in Designed by Women, a website organised by the Stewart Program for Modern Design. An objects-based travelling exhibition is also planned in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, tentatively scheduled for 2023-2024.
2021 will see the launch of A Sense of Duality, her collection with multi award winning, Bernhardt Design – one of America’s largest and most highly reputed textile and furniture manufacturers.
Chrissa has also been selected as a judge for the prestigious 2021 Dezeen Awards. Chrissa will judge this year’s design categories.
Alice is the founder of Mustard, a dynamic boutique architecture studio in Accra, Ghana. She established Mustard in response to a growing demand for beautiful spaces and objects by an increasingly discerning clientele in the region.
A product of Ghanaian and British secondary education, Alice trained at Nottingham University and at The Bartlett, University College, London, before practising architecture for nearly two decades in the United Kingdom with Foster + Partners and Adjaye Associates.
Practising at Adjaye Associates for almost 12 years, Alice was instrumental in the launch of the practice’s studio in Ghana where, as Associate Director of African Projects, she managed cutting-edge projects such as Alara (Lagos, Nigeria), Hallmark House (Johannesburg, South Africa), Eugene Gasana Jr. Paediatric Cancer Centre (Kigali, Rwanda) and the IFC Headquarters (Dakar, Senegal).
Since its launch in 2015, Mustard has undertaken projects such as the rehabilitation of the historic National Museum of Ghana; private residential commissions include a villa in the Airport Hills enclave of Accra; residential developments for prolific developers such as Devtraco Plus and Equilibrium; and commercial developments for clients in the oil and gas industry such as Cross Energy, Alpha 1 Energy and Med Songhai Developers.
Alice’s passion for art and design, with a keen interest in fashion, photography, and the exploration of unfamiliar territories through travel, has led to collaborations with artists and designers in activities such as the creation of furniture collections with AMWA Designs, and the co-curation of AFRICA BY DESIGN exhibitions in Accra, Ghana in 2017 and 2019, and Cairo, Egypt in 2018.
Recognised as one of the leading architects in the region, Alice has been featured in international press including FT and Design Indaba, as well as local print press for her contribution to art, design and architecture. She maintains a role as RIBA Council member representing Middle East and Africa and retains aseat on the RIBA International Committee.
Professional memberships retained in the UK and Ghana are with RIBA and ARB (UK), GIA andARC (Ghana).