Absolute Design adapts Fifteen’s style to Cornish seaside

The first glimpse of Jamie Oliver’s third Fifteen restaurant, designed by Cornish consultancy Absolute Design, depicts a contemporary beach hut interior scheme, Design Week can exclusively reveal.

The interior concept for the Cornwall restaurant moves away from the urban-inspired designs of previous sites and uses reclaimed woods, light and art installations to create a more airy, rustic space. The consultancy pitched for the work last year, following a national tender, and was appointed to the prestigious project last October.

‘The idea was to take the Oliver personality from the other Fifteen restaurants and transfer this from an urban location to a beach hut venue. There will be lots of glass and windows. This is a bright, cosy, rustic space. It is clean, there is nothing fussy at all about this,’ says Helen Blake, managing director at Absolute Design.

The interior features elements of the familiar hot-pink Fifteen branding throughout the venue, as well as a bespoke mural which will be painted on to the kitchen wall. A light system, comprising 78 individual light fittings, will also be installed across the roof of the building. A specially-designed table, featuring a cut- out angled section to hold Oliver’s various published cook books, will be placed in the waiting bar area.

The restaurant seats 100 and also includes a private dining area for 12 people. Fifteen Cornwall is located in Watergate Bay, on the north Cornish coast. It is scheduled to open in May.

The Fifteen scheme recruits students, ex-offenders and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, through local Cornish radio, press and youth organisations, to train as chefs to help run the restaurant.

Director of the Fifteen Foundation, Liam Black, says, ‘The third Fifteen has to be iconic in its own right. Watergate Bay is a fantastic site and we will open a great restaurant in terms of design and food. There are high levels of unemployment among young people in Cornwall and few ways of them getting decent training.’

Fifteen Cornwall joins a growing portfolio of Fifteen restaurants. Fifteen Melbourne opens this September and is being designed by interior designer John Warwicker.

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurants

• Fifteen London, 2002

• Fifteen Amsterdam, 2004

• Fifteen Cornwall, 2006

• Fifteen Melbourne, 2006

• Restaurants run by Fifteen Foundation, director Liam Black

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