A Picture of A Fake Holiday Tree

By Jamie Waugh / Published by Dwell
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A holiday tree typically comes out of the earth, or on stands in cardboard boxes. Three designers, however, have taken a different approach—the self-adhesive Christmas tree wall sticker is now a medium to convey the holiday spirit.

Fred Tomaselli makes a tall, narrow one whose photographic rendering of a plastic tree brings new meaning to Sartre's levels of existence: the real tree, then the plastic tree, then the sticker photograph of the plastic rendering of the real tree. It's 69 inches high.

Phoebe Washburn's "Wood Wall as Safari Vest as Tree" takes a comic glance at the tree, treating it as a point-of-purchase display of tree accessories still in their packages. It's whimsy applied to wood.

And Markus Linnenbrink's "Acharliebrownchristmastree" is his Christmas tree adaptation of his famed table designs, looking more like a beautiful puddle reflection than a Charlie Brown tear-jerker. 

 All of these decals are fully able to hover over real presents. And all are available at Artware Editions in New York.


Jamie Waugh


After starting in design journalism at House & Garden and CNN, Jamie runs the International Design Awards festival, which rewards visionary international design. One University of Southern California MFA later, she maintains a steady fiction and dramatic writing habit.

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