Andy Thornton at Fifteen, London

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    Fifteen London, the flagship restaurant founded by Jamie Oliver in 2002, has re-opened following a major interior overhaul. Fifteen is a restaurant that uses the magic of food to give unemployed young people a chance to have a better future. All its profits go to their registered charity, the Jamie Oliver Foundation, which funds its pioneering Apprentice Programme. Commercial interiors specialist Andy Thornton Ltd was delighted to be able to donate decorative metal tiles to the recent refurbishment of the restaurant, when approached by the interior designer consultants Blacksheep. Used to stunning effect above the restaurant’s booth seating, the embossed tiles reflect the ambient interior lighting to create a warm, appealing glow.

    Explained Blacksheep’s Creative Director Jo Sampson, “We wanted to bring a bit of soul and heritage back into the interior, the restaurant has a great location in a wonderful old building and we sought to reconnect the space to the building’s fabric and context in our materials palette. The interior is contemporary and urban as well as rich, warm and welcoming.”

    These metal tiles have been manufactured for well over 100 years but have recently become popular for a variety of applications. They are usually used as ceiling tiles, but can also be used as wall panelling or to clad bars and shop display counters. They are particularly popular in hospitality and retail applications where, as well as being attractive, they have unique acoustic and fire resistance properties.

    Andy Thornton are the exclusive distributors for the American manufacturer who still make the tiles on a 100-year-old ‘Mammoth’ press, using 800 tons of force to ensure crisp and accurate detail on every tile. They can be used in their natural metal finish or painted in any BS or RAL colour.

    Daniel Fountain / 16.11.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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