Handmade by engineer, architect, and designer Lawrence ‘Bud’ Stoecker in the mid-1960s, the mid-century modern and contemporary Modern Christmas Tree was even lost for a couple decades. The family had put it in storage and times changed until Stoecker’s grandson Matt Bliss revived the tree in 2012. He patented his grandfather’s design and released the tree to the world in his honor.

The following is our top list of Mid-Century Modern influencers, locations, websites, and companies of interest.

Mid-Century Modern (MCM) influencers

  • A. Quincy Jones
  • Pierre Koenig
  • Richard Neutra
  • Rudolph Schindler
  • Raphael Soriano
  • Charles Eames
  • Alvar Aalto
  • Eero Saarinen
  • John Lautner
  • William Bernoudy
  • Bruce Goff
  • Bertrand Goldberg
  • Eugene Sternberg 
  • Richard Crowther 
  • Norton Polivnick 
  • Charles Deaton 

Modern Architects with a “big A” . . . these architects were mid-century modern influencers, but did very few, if any, residential commissions:

  • Philip Johnson
  • Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
  • Le Corbusier
  • I.M. Pei (designed a few buildings in Denver, including he very first highrise commission that still stands today)
  • Louis Kahn (designed a building in Boulder)
  • Walter Gropius (founder of the Bauhaus)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright (actually did design many houses . . . later works strongly influenced modern architecture)
  • Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill

National MCM neighborhoods of interest:

  • Pacifica (San Diego)
  • Racquet Club Estates (Palm Springs)
  • Lakewood Rancho Estates (Long Beach)
  • Hollin Hills (Fairfax County Virginia)
  • Arapahoe Acres and Harvey Park (Denver)

International neighborhoods of interest:

  • Weißenhofsiedlung

Mid-Century Modern Products and Companies of Interest:

  • Crestview Doors
  • Modern House Numbers
  • ModBox USA
  • Vitra
  • Herman Miller
  • Knoll
  • ModFire
  • Revere Quality Homes Program
  • The House that “Home” Built
  • Case Study House Program
  • Eichler Homes
  • Streng Homes

MCM Focused Websites: