In 2011 Matthew Bliss, as an ode to his grandfather, re-created his grandfather’s design of
the Modern Christmas Tree and made it available to the public. Originating in the 1960s,
Bliss’ grandfather, an Engineer and architect known as Lawrence “Bud” Stoecker, designed
the first Modern Christmas Tree from cardboard. Bud loved to build A-Frame modern style
homes making the Modern Christmas a natural fit for him. Over the years the trees design
was refined, moving from cardboard, to Masonite, to Plexiglas and the ornaments were
updated for aesthetic fine turning. Today the trees are designed in a range of acrylics
and the ornaments are classic globes and chandelier crystals for sparkle and shine.
7.5ft tall
* includes a 1ft gap between the floor and the bottom ring
Weighs 15 lbs (with ornaments)
Base diameter 41″
Later in life Bud was diagnosed with Alzheimers, which spurred Bliss’ decision to show the tree.
Debuting at the Denver Modernism show in 2011, the Modern Christmas Tree was a hit. Since
then, the tree has been photographed in some of the most important Mid-century Modern
homes in the United States, including the Stahl House in Los Angleles designed by Pierre Koenig
and immortalized by the photographs of Julius Schulman. The list also includes 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 and 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.
6ft tall*/ 11lbs (with ornaments)

*Includes a 1ft gap between the floor and bottom ring.
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