Claridge's Christmas Tree by Lagerfeld
Claridge’s tradition of inviting the worlds most influential creative visionaries to design their Christmas tree began with John Galliano’s exquisite art deco installation in 2009, a ‘frozen twist on tradition completed with snow leopard, dragon flies and parrots, echoing Claridge's art deco surroundings’.
Subsequent years have seen the lobby transformed in to a dream world of colour and fantasy by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin in 2013, celebrate British heritage with Christopher Bailey for Burberry in 2015 with the installation of over 100 umbrellas, each finished in bespoke gold and silver metallic fabric and dotted with thousands of motion-sensor lights that were programmed to sparkle and glitter as guests walked by, and more recently reimagined as an enchanted forest with Apple’s Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson’s collaboration with renowned British set designer Michael Howells…
Taking centre stage in the place of Claridge’s famous chandelier, this year’s sixteen foot-high artwork affords us a rare glimpse into the childhood memories of designer Karl Lagerfeld who explained that “Christmas trees are the strongest ‘souvenir’ of my happy childhood.”
Multi-faceted a mirrored star reflects rays of magical light atop an inverted stalactite’s silver-gilded roots, and Lagerfeld’s heartfelt and seasonal sentiment is radiated in the warm glow of candles over hand-sewn white Icelandic sheepskin rugs.
Finished with traditional silver lametta decorations, silver butter leather feathers and snowflakes handmade by craftsmen in Germany the installation is a sight to behold.
Claridge’s General Manager Paul Jackson said, “We are honoured and delighted that Karl Lagerfeld agreed to design our annual Claridge’s Christmas Tree. We believe this magical take on his childhood memories captures the spirit of the season perfectly and adds a sense of fun and glamour to our lobby.”