Decorated charity chairs from Paul Smith, Quentin Blake and more

 

Designers, illustrators and artists including Quentin Blake, Paul Smith and Sarah Burton have decorated Fritz Hansen chairs to celebrate the 10th anniversary of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurants.

Jamie Oliver with the Paul Smith chair

Source: David Loftus

Jamie Oliver with the Paul Smith chair

The collaboration has been named the Big Chair project, and will celebrate the restaurant chain that was set up by Oliver to train disenfranchised young people to become chefs.

Barnaby Purdy

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Barnaby Purdy

Christopher Bailey for Burberry
Christopher Bailey for Burberry

Republic of Fritz Hansen has donated twenty ANT chairs for the project, which will be auctioned in live events and online to raise money for Oliver’s charity the Better Food Foundation.

Jay Jay Burridge

Source: David Loftus

Jay Jay Burridge

Julien Macdonald

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Julien Macdonald

Paul Smith says of his chair, ‘I’ve been a bit naughty, because on the front side of the chair it is full of cakes and all those delicious things that are bad for you. Then on the back of the chair it’s full of healthy stuff – lots of fruit, vegetables and lettuce! It’s both sides of the coin really, the bad side and the good side.’

Quentin Blake

Source: David Loftus

Quentin Blake

Oliver has also customised a Fritz Hansen Egg chair and footstool, and will also decorate an ANT chair in collaboration with photographer David Loftus.

Jamie Oliver and David Loftus' chair
Jamie Oliver and David Loftus’ chair

INSA

Source: David Loftus

INSA

To see all the chairs visit www.thebigchairproject.org, though Tracey Emin’s chair will only be unveiled on the last day of the bidding on 11 October. All are on display at Fritz Hansen, 13 Margaret Street, London W1W.

Sarah Burton for McQueen
Sarah Burton for McQueen
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  • Janice Sekula November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Brilliant Idea. Brilliant Designs. I wish you the very best for the auctions.

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