Christmas Trees For Modern People

In 2011, Matthew Bliss re-created his grandfather’s Modern Christmas Trees design and made it available to the public. Bliss’ grandfather, Lawrence “Bud” Stoecker designed the first Modern Christmas Tree from cardboard in the 1960’s. Bud, an engineer and architect, loved to build A-Frame modern style homes, so this made the Modern Christmas Tree a natural fit for him. Over the years the tree’s design was refined, moving from cardboard, to Masonite, to Plexiglas. The ornaments were also updated for aesthetic fine tuning.

Today, the trees are designed in a range of acrylics. The ornaments consist of classic globes and the chandelier crystals sparkle and shine. Later in life, Bud was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, which spurred Bliss’ decision to show the tree. Debuting at the Denver Modernism Show in 2011, the Modern Christmas Tree was a hit.

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One of the first Modern Christmas Trees

Since then, the tree has been photographed in some of the most important Mid-Century Modern Homes in the United States. This includes the Stahl House in Los Angeles designed by Pierre Koenig and immortalized by the photographs of Julius Schulman. The list also features the Sculptured House designed by Charles Deaton, later coined the Sleeper House.

When Lawrence “Bud” Stoecker passed in 2012, the family celebrated his life with an exhibit of his trees at the original Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The exhibit continues to be a part of Disney’s annual holiday festivities.

In memory of Bud, each Modern Christmas Tree has his signature engraved on the bottom ring.

It’s with great pleasure that we share our family tradition with you and your loved ones, in the hopes that it becomes your family tradition as well. Make the holidays special and memorable for years to come with a Modern Christmas Tree. Happy Holidays!

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