THE BIG CHAIR PROJECT
To celebrate Fifteen's 10 year anniversary, Scandinavian furniture company (and long-time supporter of Fifteen) Fritz Hansen has donated 20 ANT chairs for artists and designers - including Paul Smith, Cath Kidston, Quentin Blake, Superdry and Julien MacDonald - to customise and auction as part of The Big Chair Project. All proceeds will be going to the Better Food Foundation (registered charity number 1094536) that oversees Jamie Oliver's initiatives including the Fifteen Apprentice Programme.
Amongst the chairs on offer, is The Romanesco Chair designed by Nunzio Citro, who graduated from the Apprentice Programme in 2003. After working at Cecconi's restaurant in Mayfair, Nunzio realised that his passion didn't lie in the kitchen, but instead in art: "Fifteen had given me the direction, but my heart wasn't in being a chef and I realised I'd have to get out while I was still able to." Since then, Nunzio has had great success as an artist under the pseudonym Colourkid. For his chair, he's taken his inspiration from the Romanesco cauliflower.
There are lots of ways to get involved in The Big Chair Project. If bidding at the auction isn't for you, you can always enter a draw to win a chair of oyur choice by buying a £5 raffle ticket. To find out more, go to www.thebigchairproject.com.