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Brief Published: 15 Dec 2011

V&A Christmas Tree by Studio Roso


As part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s ongoing series of winter commissions in London, UK design duo Studio Roso have designed a Christmas tree made up of 3.3 miles of elastic cord. 

The handmade tree reaches more than 4m high, with a total of 1,500 individual strands creating the outline of a traditional triangular tree shape. Inspired by the intricate craft of bobbin lacing – a technique often used in traditional Christmas decorations – each cord incorporates geometric shapes, referencing traditional Christmas ornaments. Winding crystalline structures of snowflakes and icicle provide a decorative garland throughout the installation.

‘The project schedule was three weeks so we emphasized on using readily available materials and processes, in order to meet the tight deadline,’ says Studio Roso. ‘The project ran with all phases in parallel: Design, detailing and fabrication was all a combined process.’