Claridge's turns Christmas on its head with upside-down tree

22 November 2017 by
Claridge's turns Christmas on its head with upside-down tree

The centrepiece of a series of inverted spruce Christmas trees around the lobby of the five-red-AA-star, 197-bedroom hotel is a 15ft tree by German fashion designer Karl Lagerfield, with silver gilded roots topped with a multi-faceted mirrored star.

Akin to a silver stalactite, the tree is hung with silver lametta decorations, silver butter leather feathers and snowflakes handmade by craftsmen in German, with tree candles providing the lighting.


Hand-sewn white Icelandic sheepskin rugs under the tree intend to represent a recent snowfall, while the white linen cloths covering the tables under the trees are symbolic of a Christmas ritual that Lagerfeld's mother would perform every year.

Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel and Fendi, said "Christmas trees are the strongest 'souvenir' of my happy childhood."

Claridge's general manager Paul Jackson added that the hotel was "honoured and delighted" that Lagerfeld had agreed design this year'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."

Previous diners of the Claridge's Christmas tree have included Sir Jony Ive of Apple, Christopher Bailey of Burberry and Alber Elbaz of Lanvin

Apple design guru Sir Jony Ive to design Claridge's Christmas tree

Claridge's plans huge roof and basement expansion

Paul Jackson announced as general manager of Claridge's

Videos from The Caterer archives

Are you looking for a new role? See all the current hospitality vacancies available with The Caterer Jobs

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking