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The most inspiring Christmas trees

The season is here and its time to deck the halls and decorate your tree or trees for those who are really into it. I have collected some of the most spectacular and creative trees from around the world that I hope will inspire you.


Last year I was blown away by the tree in the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. The entire tree was created out of live flowers which beautifully transitioned from green at its top to white at its base. It was absolutely stunning.


Several years ago I was in Paris during the holidays and saw a very creative Christmas tree in the court yard of the Four Seasons Hotel George V. The tree was composed entirely of hanging light bulbs suspended from the ceiling. Very fun!



The George V also had several other very creative and beautiful trees in the hotel. The one below was a wonderful contemporary geometric tree made of gold tinted mirrored material–quite handsome.


This beautiful tree decorated all in red has been the inspiration for many of my own trees. I can’t remember where I shot it but it was in Paris at one of the hotels. Maybe not super creative but rich and luxurious.


Also in Paris, the tree at the Royal Monceau is extremely creative. The Hotel interiors were designed by Phillippe Starck and has his inventive and clever touches everywhere. The hotels Christmas tree of course is just as clever and creative as space it sits in.


The tree from the Galeries Lafayette is enormous, rising several stories from ground. Covered with brilliant white lights that large pink flower appearing to be growing out of it.


A fun and funky tree sits in the lobby of the boutique Hotel Costes. Cover in wacky stuff animals, its really fun.


I ran across this spectacular tree online. This origami Christmas tree was created for The American Museum of Natural History in NYC. It’s truly beautiful and contains more than a 1,000 pieces of origami art.


This untraditional tree was designed by Christopher Bailey of Burrberry for the Claridge hotel in London. This tree featured over 100 umbrellas, each finished in bespoke gold and silver metallic fabric, and thousands of motion-sensor lights, programmed to sparkle and glitter as guests walked by the tree.


This last tree I ran across in Thailand at one of the department stores–I thought it was a pretty fun contemporary idea for a tree.




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