Tres chic? More like tree chic.
Today in London, Claridge’s unveiled a Christmas tree designed by Diane von Furstenberg. The beloved Mayfair hotel is known for their festive and fashionable firs—Dior, Lanvin, Jony Ives, and Karl Lagerfeld have all worked on previous iterations—and this year is no exception.
Called “The Tree of Love,” von Furstenberg’s creation has 8,000 hand-painted silver leaves, glass spheres, and 150 hand-blown hearts. Underneath its branches are six animals, each symbolizing a different ideal: an owl for wisdom, a dove for peace, a horse for wisdom, a deer for gentleness, a peacock for beauty, a mouse for curiosity.
Her vision extends into the entire lobby: Silver leaves and Murano glass baubles are strewn throughout, and on the ceiling the zodiac sign constellations are projected. The entire room is bathed in an iridescent and peaceful blue light.
Why call it the “Tree of Love”? “Its roots come from the earth, its branches extend to the sky. The flowers become fruits, the color of the leaves reveal the seasons,” von Furstenberg says. "Home to birds, shade for children, and shelter for lovers. It is the symbol of strength, enlightenment and life. "
The project was a natural fit for the wrap dress creator, who, simply put, loves trees. "I always thought if I had to be something else than a human I would love to be a tree," she tells Vogue. She asked set designer Stefan Beckman and artist Konstantine Kakanias to collaborate on the project.
The result is something moddish, magical, and very merry.
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