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 we 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 now run by one of Kenny's best friend's son, David Stagg, who had been fascinated by the shop since he was a kid, so it's a perfect transition.
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 on the corner of Chartres and Dumaine - one block down from Jackson Square.