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The Holly and the Ive-y: Apple's Design Guru Has a Christmas Surprise

Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive has announced a very special new project... just in time for the holidays.
Image: Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple senior vice president of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple senior vice president of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters look on as an attendee looks at the new iPhone 5 during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Sept. 12, 2012 in San Francisco.Justin Sullivan / Getty Images, file

Nothing like a little holly and Ive-y to get into the Christmas spirit.

Apple's chief design officer, Sir Jony Ive, is teaming up with his friend, designer Marc Newson, to create a special Christmas tree for Claridge's, a swanky London hotel.

Image: Christmas Tree Designed By Dior Unveiled At Claridges
In 2009, John Galliano designed the famous Claridge's Christmas Tree.Dave M. Benett / Getty Images

The exclusive holiday tree has been a Claridge's tradition for the past seven years. The hotel said in a statement it invites "favorite guests" to put their spin on the classic Christmas tree.

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Of course, it helps if those favorite guests have some serious design chops and name recognition: Dolce & Gabbana and Burberry's Christopher Bailey have had the honor in previous years.

“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," Paul Jackson, Claridge’s General Manager, said in a statement. "We truly believe their innovative spirit and ground-breaking approach will make this year’s annual tradition one to remember for our guests.”

The tree will be unveiled on November 18. What it looks like is anyone's guess, but it's a safe bet it won't include a headphone jack.