The capital's hotels and restaurants are branching out on the decs for the festive season...
London’s legendary Mayfair hotel, Claridge’s has unveiled its Christmas Tree for 2019. Situated in the hotel lobby, the design was created by long-time friend and guest, designer Christian Louboutin.
The Christmas Tree, a traditional 5 metre tree, adorned with sparkling fairy lights, gold and red baubles, and shoe-shaped gingerbread biscuits, with a glistening gold leaf crown on the top is accompanied by the Loubi Express, a glittering red train, piled high with wrapped gifts, making their way from Paris to London to spread festive cheer.
Commenting on his installation, Christian said “It is such an honour to be invited to design the Claridge’s Christmas Tree, the hotel is my second home when in London and I am glad to bring a little piece of Paris to such an iconic London landmark. The idea of travel has always been a key source of inspiration in my work and I wanted to capture the excitement and romance of it. There is something nostalgic about travelling by train, it reminds me of grand adventures and journeys home.”
Sitting proud beside the world-famous Tadao Ando fountain, The Connaught Hotel’s Christmas Tree 2019 has been designed by internationally acclaimed artist Sean Scully.
The Norway Spruce (sourced in Hertfordshire) has been transformed into Sean Scully’s distinctive and internationally recognisable style of abstract art, covered in four blocks of colour featuring blue, purple, red and yellow – the tree holds no less than 25,000 light bulbs.
Sketch is celebrating the season with an immersive installation that explores the many Christmas rituals, customs and symbols rooted in centuries-old traditions from all over the world. As part of that, Ricky Jackson, creative director at Ricky Paul Flowers, has designed a stunning Christmas tree as the centrepiece for the three-Michelin starred Lecture Room and Library.
The tree recalls the opulence of the 18th century royal court of Russia, echoing the artistic fascination for “Chinoiserie”, the aristocratic fashion of the time.
At the London Edition, design wunder-kid Luke Edward Hall has left no mystery about who decorated the Christmas tree, with a spruce festooned with ribbons, lights, baubles and his trademark classical figurines.
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