Inspired by 1960’s “A-frame design” styled homes built by Denver engineer and designer Lawrence “Bud” Stoecker, The Modern Christmas Tree started as unique holiday creation for his family many years ago. He took the traditional Christmas tree design, and made it modern. Bud’s grandson, Matthew Bliss (now the president of Modern Christmas Trees) began selling the trees in 2011, and the success has attracted some international interest.
The unique tree is quickly gaining wide-spread attention for its meaningful story and contemporary design. Although Bud passed away about a year ago after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, the tree lives on in his honor. The Modern Christmas Tree not only serves as a memory of Bud for the Stoecker family, but they also help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease, donating $50 of every large tree purchased to the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Modern Christmas Tree, or Memory Tree, was chosen to be featured at Walt Disneyland’s Christmas festivities in 2012, and The Denver Art Museum has also contacted Bliss to display one of their new white trees as a display for artist ornaments in their gift shop.
The trees come with 100 chandelier crystals, a rotating battery powered rotating disco ball, a choice of 100 illusion film ornaments or 100 glass bulbs, and a floor lamp which casts shadows on walls & ceilings. The trees stand seven and a half feet tall from the ceiling when hanging, and weigh only 15 pounds.
The rings are made from transparent acrylic Plexiglass, and are available in four festive colors including red, blue, green & white. Easy to assemble and disassemble, they even include a box & bag for storage after the holidays are over.
To learn more or to purchase a Modern Christmas Tree of your own, visit the MCT Etsy page.