Claridge's Christmas Tree 2017
Karl Lagerfeld's festive installation
In 2017 Claridge’s Christmas Tree was designed by Karl Lagerfeld, widely regarded as one of the fashion world’s most influential creative forces.
The festive installation was inspired by Lagerfeld’s childhood memories of Christmas, with a series of inverted spruce Christmas Trees placed around the hotel lobby. The centrepiece was a sixteen foot high inverted tree with silver gilded roots topped with a multi-faceted mirrored star which reflects rays of magical light across the art deco lobby. Reminiscent of a silver stalactite, the tree was hung with traditional silver lametta decorations, silver butter leather feathers and snowflakes handmade by craftsmen in Germany with tree candles giving a warm, inviting glow. Under the tree sat hand-sewn white Icelandic sheepskin rugs to reflect a recent snowfall.
An inverted candlelit tree took the place of Claridge’s famous central chandelier to add a touch of Christmas chic. The pure white linen cloths that covered the tables under the various trees were symbolic of a Christmas ritual that Lagerfeld’s mother would perform every year.
Commenting on the collaboration Karl Lagerfeld said, “Christmas trees are the strongest ‘souvenir’ of my happy childhood.”
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.”
The Claridge’s Christmas Tree has long symbolised the start of the festive season in the capital, drawing visitors and Londoners alike to admire its magnificent design. This is the eighth year that Claridge’s invited a creative visionary to reinterpret the tree in their own distinctive style.