Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree. December is finally here and we’re all eagerly decorating our home with tinsel and Christmas decor. If you’re anything like us, you’re always wanting to stay ahead of the trends, and this is why we’re taking a peek at some iconic festive looks and the season’s best Christmas tree ideas.
A Bold Centrepiece
At Claridge, London, you’ll find an exquisite example of a contemporary Christmas tree. Claridge’s Christmas Tree is always something special and this year is no exception. Designed by legendary fashion designer and friend of the hotel, Diane von Furstenberg, it’s entitled ‘The Tree of Love’ – a theme that came about from Diane’s passion and belief in the power of love for symbolising life and nature.
The result is a six-metre blue iridescent sculpture of a tree, decorated with over 8,000 hand painted silver-leafed leaves, glass spheres and 150 hand-blown glass hearts. It is a magical showpiece. Perched around the tree are six silver-leafed abstract animals, including an owl representing knowledge and wisdom, a dove for peace and a horse symbolising strength and endurance. Highlighting the importance of nature is a sculptural deer, a peacock and a sleeping silver-leafed mouse. The tree winds its way upwards towards the heavens from its roots with a celestial backdrop and zodiac signs surrounding it. Diane has also included symbolic words that have long been her mantra, including Peace, Harmony, Knowledge, Truth, Freedom, Enlightenment and Wisdom.
The Christmas Tree at Scott’s Restaurant
Scott’s Restaurant has collaborated with British fashion powerhouse, Christopher Kane to transform the restaurant and terrace for the festive season. Christopher Kane is heralded as one of the brightest talents in the design world, known for his fresh take on fashion and his ability to surprise the consumer. His festive takeover at Scott’s reflects this innovative spirit and features a daring and distinctive design.Adorning the outside and entrance to Scott’s is a unique and unconventional installation made up of coloured transparent tubes which are suspended from above. The colour palette combines more traditional Christmas colours with signature Christopher Kane neons, the brand’s personal interpretation of the season.
Christopher Kane is known for working with unexpected and everyday materials, taking mundane objects and elevating them into more desirable and luxurious forms. During the day the luminescence of the Perspex reflects the natural light, casting a colourful backdrop over Mayfair – at night, LED lights allow the tubes to glow, illuminating our terrace and twinkling as diners enter the restaurant.
Annabel’s Magical Tree
There’s a touch of Willy Wonka magic at Annabel’s. Candy canes form a spectacular entrance beneath an enormous Christmas tree laden with ruby red baubles and gifts, welcoming members to the club’s recently relocated Grade I-listed Georgian home.With the door tied with a huge gold ribbon, what better treat than a night of revelry to follow?