The Farnsworth House

Designed by Mies van der Rohe

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The Farnsworth House is an icon of modernist architecture.

“Firstly, realizing that his trees appeal to modernists, Bliss had the trees photographed inside many classic 1950’s and ’60s homes. These homes need to have dramatic glass exteriors so that the trees can glow from within. Secondly, these homes include the 1951 Farnsworth House, holding designs by Mies van der Rohe, in Plano, Illinois. Architect Charles Deaton finished designing the home in 1963, in Genesee, Colorado. As this page indicates, the trees make an appearance in the Stahl House in the Hollywood Hills. Architects and Historians know this house as Case Study House #22. In conclusion, the house holds designs by Pierre Koenig.”- Architectural Digest article Making The Christmas Tree Modern

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The Farnsworth House located in Plano, IL is perhaps architect  Mies van der Rohe’s crowning achievement. Designed in 1945 and constructed in 1951,  “the Farnsworth House is a vital part of American iconography, an exemplary representation of both the International Style of architecture as well as the modern movement’s desire to juxtapose the sleek, streamline design of Modern structure with the organic environment of the surrounding nature.”

Photographing my Grandfather’s Modern Christmas Tree in the iconic Farnsworth House was a dream come true. This famous house proved to be the perfect place for the tree. It was Mies van der Rohe who coined the famous phrase “less is more”, a design principle that continues to guide Modern Christmas Trees.

Matt Bliss, Founder, Modern Christmas Trees