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10 of the most imaginative and unusual Christmas trees of 2017

From a carol singing, poetry-inspired installation to a tree made from multicoloured plasticine, we've rounded up some of our favourite takes on the traditional Christmas pine to get you in the festive spirit.

The Connaught Christmas tree by Tracey Emin

For London's Connaught hotel, artist Tracey Emin decorated a Christmas tree with purple neon lights that spell out a love poem written in her distinctive handwriting.

The lights read "What I give to you is all that I have. An open wanting deep in the layers of my heart, and in return, I catch your smile, the greatest gift of all." A glowing angel sits atop the tree as an ode to the artist's mother who died last year.

The Singing Tree by Es Devlin

This "singing" Christmas tree by set designer Es Devlin emits audio-visual carols using thousands of words collected from the public, and sound algorithms trained on 25 million words of 19th-century poetry.

Made for the V&A, each visitor to the museum is encouraged to contribute a word to the tree. An interactive choir of human and synthesised voices accompanies the carols.

Sledge Christmas tree by Hello Wood

Hungarian architecture studio Hello Wood has constructed two Christmas trees comprised of 400 sledges, which are then disassembled and distributed to families in need of firewood during the cold winter months.

The trees are situated in London's Royal Botanical Gardens, and on the grounds of Vienna's Belvedere Palace.

New York Edition Christmas tree by Misha Kahn

Aiming to "dive into the artificial part" of the season, American artist and designer Misha Kahn has used lava lamps and candles to adorn his Christmas tree for the New York Edition.

The festive installation is designed to reflect the silhouette of a traditional tree, with Kahn's own interpretation including steel and glass decorations, and a pink pompom tree topper in place of a star.

Does the Iterative Fit by Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan

This cartoon-like tree by artists Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan is made up of a series of multicoloured light and cones, forming the noses and mouths of the eight faces looking out from the tree.

Located in King's Cross' Granary Square, the installation is part of a wider arts and events programme named The King's Cross Project, curated by Tamsin Dillon and Rebecca Heald.

London Edition Christmas tree by John Booth

London-based illustrator, ceramicist and textile designer John Booth has decorated this Christmas tree with hand-painted abstract faces and baubles, in a style much like his collection of collage-style vases.

Designed for the London Edition, the brand has partnered with non-profit House of Voltaire, which will sell Booth's festive creations and donate profits to the Albert Kennedy Trust – a charity that supports LGBTQ youth affected by homelessness.

Claridge's Christmas tree by Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld turned his design for a Christmas tree upside down for Claridge's this year, topping its silver gilded roots with a mirrored, light-reflecting star.

Tinsel hangs from the branches in the form of "silver stalactites", and laid underneath the tree is a hand-sewn white Icelandic sheepskin rug, to represent a blanket of snow.

The Merry Breakfast Christmas tree by Gary Card

Consisting of 400 bars of multi-coloured plasticine assembled atop a steel structure, Gary Card wanted his Christmas tree for the Sanderson hotel to embody the excitement, wonder and chaos of the festive season. "It's about maximum fun and maximum impact," the designer told Dezeen.

The London set designer used plasticine to arouse feelings of childhood, creating characters from Alice in Wonderland to place on the tree, as well as snowmen and gingerbread men.

The Tree of Glass by Lee Broom

This 10-metre-tall Christmas tree by British designer Lee Broom consists of 245 individual hand-blown glass pendant lights and is situated in the Aqua Shard, located on level 31 of London's Shard building.

The installation is an architectural take on the shape of a traditional Christmas tree and was made in collaboration with glassware brand Nude.

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Illuminated glass Christmas tree by Lasvit and Yabu Pushelberg

A lattice web of handblown glass elements, connected by champagne-gold polished brass fittings, forms this Christmas tree by Czech glass brand Lasvit and design firm Yabu Pushelberg.

The illuminated glass tree installation was designed for the lobby of Hong Kong's Upper House Hotel, and is based upon Yabu Pushelberg's Otto glassware and the Cipher light collection that Lasvit launched earlier in the year.

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