The Modern Christmas Tree has become a staple in my house for the past few years. This tree, in my opinion, is the epitome of modern, class, and sparkle (of course). I love everything about it. The best thing about it is that our friend, Matt Bliss, owns this company. Here, he shares the story of the Modern Christmas Tree with us.
This Christmas tree was originally designed by Lawrence “Bud” Stoecker in the 1960’s. Stoecker spent most of his life building A-frame modern homes in the Rocky Mountains. Ever the builder, Stoecker often built things instead of buying them. His website states that he often built his Christmas presents out of necessity, because money was scarce. However, we all know that homemade Christmas presents have the most impact on our hearts. He made a workbench for his 4 year old grandson, an ice skating rink for their backyard, and a Christmas tree. The first one was crafted out of Masonite board in 1966. From there, he redesigned it in 1975 with plexiglass rings. In 1989, Grandpa Bud set up the tree for the last time. In 2011, his grandson, Matt, launched the website for the Modern Christmas Tree, and in 2012, he received the patent for the tree (in November – right in time for the holidays!). That year the tree was showcased by Disney, and in 2013, Google decorated their main campus with the trees. 2014 saw the unveiling of the half tree, and in 2015, the tree graced the cover of Hammacher Schlemmer. In addition to Hammacher Schlemmer, Brookstone has added these to their holiday sales. This is awesome, and not at all surprising since Brookstone is known for selling innovative, modern inventions. And just recently, Matt decked out the Governor’s Mansion with the trees. He has come a long way with these truly breathtaking trees, and we can’t wait to see what 2016 brings for him.
Grandpa Bud’s legacy lives through Matt’s drive to refine and perfect the Modern Christmas Tree. Grandpa Bud eventually succumbed to Alzheimer’s, and a portion of each tree sale goes to The Alzheimer’s Foundation.
Last year the Modern Christmas Tree was photographed by none other than JC Buck, Denver Photographer Extraordinaire, in none other than the iconic Stahl House in the Hollywood Hills. If that tree is not made for that house, I don’t know what’s what anymore. The photographs are truly a work of modern artistry, and you absolutely have to see them. The photographs were previewed at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Dwell on Design show. They are now available to the public, and thank goodness for that.