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Glass Christmas Tree Designed for Hotel

Thursday, December 21, 2017

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Hong Kong’s Upper House Hotel is celebrating the holiday season with a unique installation—a glass Christmas tree composed of handmade elements and brass fittings.

The illuminated tree, known as Cipher, was created by Czech glass brand Lasvit and design firm Yabu Pushelberg, and sits in the lobby of the Upper House Hotel to welcome visitors.

Glass Tree

Cipher is based on Yabu Pushelberg's Otto glassware and the Cipher light collection, which Lasvit unveiled earlier this year.

The installation is made from a lattice web of handblown glass parts, which are joined by champagne-gold polished brass fittings. Each of the glass capsules is also hand-etched with vertical lines. LEDs hidden within the connectors softens the illumination of the bulbs.

"The design represents a balance between heritage techniques, dramatic textures and contemporary forms," explained the designers. "A warm and illuminated entrance will receive guests before they commence their upward journey through the hotel."

In the spirit of giving during the season, the tree will be auctioned off to raise money for The Society of AIDS Care, a local organization.

"It's an absolute honor to collaborate with two iconic names in the design world," said Marcel Thoma, the general manager of The Upper House.

"The duo behind Yabu Pushelberg have been great friends of our House for many years, and to have their concept transformed into a breathtaking work of art by the craftsmen of Lasvit is simply incredible."

The tree was unveiled Nov. 21.

Upper House Tradition

This is the second Christmas tree The Upper House commissioned; last year’s tree installation was created by the hotel’s architect, Andre Fu.

The 10-foot-tall tree was built with 80 layers of staggered pine planks, with each hand-stained in a gradation of salmon pink to green tea. The planks were stacked in a spiral formation, and mounted on a revolving platform.

Fu cited the traditions of Nordic timber craft for the design.


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