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Christopher Bailey for Burberry 2015

Marc Newson and Jony Ive to design Christmas tree

Apple's Jonathan Ive and industrial designer Marc Newson will create the annual Christmas tree for luxury London hotel Claridge's.

The Claridge's Christmas Tree, described by the hotel as a "seasonal landmark", is imagined by a different designer each year.

News: Jony Ive and Marc Newson to design Christmas tree

Since the tradition began in 2009, designers including Burberry's Christopher Bailey, Dolce & Gabbana and John Galliano have each created festive trees for the hotel lobby.

Ive – Apple's chief design officer – and Newson will work together to create this year's tree, set to be unveiled on 18 November.

News: Jony Ive and Marc Newson to design Christmas tree
John Galliano designed the first tree in 2009.

The two are longstanding friends as well as collaborators at Apple. Newson joined Ive at the company in 2014, and has worked on projects including the sometimes-maligned Apple Watch.

The designers also previously collaborated on a camera for Leica.

News: Jony Ive and Marc Newson to design Christmas tree
Galliano, who was creative director at Dior at the time, also created a tree in 2010

"Christmas has always been a truly special time of year at Claridge's and we are delighted to welcome our friends Jony and Marc to spread their legendary creative magic this year," said the hotel's general manager Paul Jackson.

"We truly believe their innovative spirit and ground-breaking approach will make this year's annual tradition one to remember for our guests."

News: Jony Ive and Marc Newson to design Christmas tree
Dolce & Gabanna has been responsible for two trees, including this one from 2013

Ive began working at Apple's design department in 1992 and became senior vice-president of design when the company's founder, the late Steve Jobs, returned to the helm in 1997.

News: Jony Ive and Marc Newson to design Christmas tree
Dolce & Gabanna designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's second creation in 2014.

After Jobs became too ill to continue and Tim Cook took over leadership of the company, Cook gave Ive responsibility for the human interface department in 2012 and promoted him to the chief design officer role in 2015.

Newson has famously tried his hand at designing almost everything, including a range of colourful kitchen appliances, a limited-edition silver tea service with handles made from mammoth tusks, and a set of pens for Montblanc.

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Dolce & Gabanna 2014
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Christopher Bailey for Burberry 2015