It's surprising how often Jamie Oliver's name pops up in the world of design. But then Oliver is well known for having his fingers in many pies, if you'll excuse the pun. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his first restaurant, Fifteeen, opening in London, the celebrity chef has got together with Scandinavian furniture company Fritz Hansen to launch The Big Chair Project, asking some of his mates from the words of art and design, including Paul Smith, Cath Kidston, Quentin Blake and Matthew Williamson, to give Fritz Hansen's classic Ant chair a creative makeover.
As a long time supporter of the Fifteen initiative - a social enterprise set up to train disadvantaged young people to become chefs - Fritz Hansen gave 20 Ant chairs for the artists and designers to customise with their own (loosely) food-inspired designs.
The results, as you can see, could hardly be more diverse, with some of the chairs transformed almost beyond recognition.
With his work Truly Scrumptious, fashion designer Matthew Williamson favoured statement over practicality, covering a chair with multi-coloured plastic forks, which look great but would be none too comfortable to sit on, while artist Jonathan Yeo, who famously made a portrait of George Bush out of porn magazines, played on a familiar euphemism with his piece, Wold of Interiors (look a bit closer and you'll see those flowers are not as innocent as they seem).
One of the most eye-catching designs is by product and interior designer Jo Sampson: with Illumin ate, the founder of design practice Blacksheep, who also designs products for Waterford Crystal, covered the seat of her chair with fabric roses and the legs with crystal vases, which light up, hence the name.
Not all of the artists strayed from the food theme, though: Paul Smith, that master of pattern, created mouth-wateringly kitsch montages of cakes on one side and fruit on the other for his offering, Luvly Grub, while Nunzio Citro 'the colourkid', who trained as a chef under Jamie Oliver before reinventing himself as a 'truth talking artist', used an image of nature's most beautiful brassica, the romanesco cauliflower, to decorate a simple black Ant chair.
Oliver, who's no stranger to making pretty plates of food, has had a go himself, customising an EGG chair and footstool, which Fritz Hansen also donated and teaming up with photographer David Loftus to produce his own version of the Ant chair.
Each of these unique designs will be auctioned in October to raise money for Oliver's charity, the Better Food Foundation, which receives all profits from Fifteen and uses them to help train young people for careers in the restaurant industry.
There are lots of ways you can support the initiative, even if you can't afford to bid for them at auction. Some of the chairs will be made available as part of a lottery. All you need to is buy a ticket at www.thebigchairproject.org and you could win one of these unique pieces of furniture. Good luck!