A Brief History of the Idea Factory - New Orleans

Located in the French Quarter, the Idea Factory was established in 1974 by George and Peggy Bacon as a contemporary craft gallery representing some of the finest woodworkers from around the country. George Bacon's background as a magazine art director allowed him to develop a style of lettering which he incorporated into a unique method of crafting wood signs.

But George's most fun came from creating junk sculpture and mechanical amusements - a rube Goldberg character. Peggy Bacon had a fine sense of design and value which made it all possible.

After George & Peggy retired, Kenny Ford, apprentice to George in wooden graphics, took over running the Idea Factory until he retired in Spring of 2017.

The shop is currently run by David Stagg, who had been enraptured by the shop ever since he visited as a child.

Today the Idea Factory still offers a fine selective collection of American woodcraft - heirloom quality toys for kids of all ages, clever secret boxes, home and office accessories, and so much more.

The Idea Factory has become an hysterical landmark in a very historic district.  No visit to New Orleans is complete without a visit to this most unusual shop in the 900 block of Royal Street across from the Cornstalk & Andrew Jackson Hotels..

Photo of Kenny Ford
by Syndey Byrd

George & his Clone

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