Founded in 1951, the International
Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA) emulated the Bauhaus philosophy by promoting a close
collaboration between modern art, design, and commerce. For more than 50 years the
conference served as a forum for designers to discuss and disseminate current developments
in the related fields of graphic arts, industrial design, and architecture. The records of
the IDCA include office files and correspondence, printed conference materials, photographs,
posters, and audio and video recordings.
The International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA) was the brainchild of a Chicago
businessman, Walter Paepcke, president of the Container Corporation of America. Having
discovered through his work that modern design could make business more profitable, Paepcke
set up the conference to promote interaction between artists, manufacturers, and
businessmen. The concept behind IDCA was a direct continuation of the basic philosophy of
the Bauhaus, which also strove to improve relations between the worlds of art and commerce
by designing otherwise banal household objects, such as lamps, tea pots or weavings, which
could be industrially mass-produced.
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