International Committee
for Museums and Collections
of Decorative Arts and Design

Members' activities: Call for Applications from Baku (updated)

March 6, 2021

Conference Artist and Carpet: Today and Tomorrow

The Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum (ANCM) would like to invite ICDAD members to participate at the 2021 conference Artist and Carpet: Today and Tomorrow, taking place in fall of 2021 in Baku. Applications close May 15, 2021 (updated!).

Due to the pandemic, ANCM re-imagined the format of the conference and concluded to organize it this fall simultaneously in person in Baku and online with the content delivered via Zoom for those who couldn't make it to Baku.
CfP Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum 2021

International Carpet Sketch Contest

The Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum announce the international carpet sketch contest dedicated to the 880th birth anniversary of the Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi. Creative people over the age of 20 are welcome to take part in the contest. Send your carpet sketch scanned at 600 DPI JPEG format to carpetmuseum.contest@gmail.com until May 15, 2021.

The winner will receive a cash prize. The judging panel will announce the first-place winner on May 30, 2021. Following this, the ANCM's Traditional Technology Department will weave a carpet based on the winner's sketch. If the winner is a foreign citizen, the museum will cover his/her travel and accommodation expenses to attend the carpet's presentation ceremony.

Carpet Scetch Contest

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Members' activities: online Lecture Series "Interiors for Display"

March 5, 2021

Interiors for Display: The art of the eighteenth-century interior in the Dutch Republic and Europe

The Art Gallery of Jan Gildemeester Jansz, Adriaan de Lelie, 1794 - 1795. Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum.

Online lecture series at the Leiden University, organized by Alexander Dencher. Registration is open and free, please click here for more information.

  • March 11: Amsterdam's splendid interiors of the eighteenth century, Pieter Vlaardingerbroek (Gemeente Amsterdam, Monumenten & Archeologie/UU)
  • : Painting ensembles in eighteenth-century interiors in the Dutch Republic, Margriet van Eikema Hommes (RCE (Cultural Heritage Agency)/TU Delft)
  • April 1: From storeroom to public display. 18th century interiors in the Museum Houses of the Hendrick de Keyser association. Valentijn Carbo (Vereniging Hendrik de Keyser)
  • Pride and prejudice: the eighteenth-century interior in the historiography of British architecture, Prof. dr. Christine Casey (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Engaging with the Antique: Parisian architects, designers and craftsmen and the development of the neoclassical interior, 1760-1785, Helen Jacobsen (The Wallace Collection, London)
  • May 13: From Baroque to Regency: Textile Furnishings in the British Country House, Annabel Westman (The Attingham Trust, London)
  • May 27: Giovanni Battista Foggini: a designer of interiors and decorative arts at the time of the Last Medici, Kira d’Alburquerque (The Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
Image: The Art Gallery of Jan Gildemeester Jansz, Adriaan de Lelie, 1794 - 1795. Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum.
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Information for our members: New European Bauhaus

March 1, 2021

New European Bauhaus
The New European Bauhaus is a creative and interdisciplinary initiative, convening a space of encounter to design future ways of living, situated at the crossroads between art, culture, social inclusion, science and technology. It brings the Green Deal to our living places and calls for a collective effort to imagine and build a future that is sustainable, inclusive and beautiful for our minds and for our souls.
Beautiful means inclusive, accessible spaces where the dialogue between diverse cultures, disciplines, genders and ages becomes an opportunity to imagine a better place for all. It also means a more inclusive economy, where wealth is distributed and spaces are affordable.
Beautiful means sustainable solutions that create a dialogue between our built environment and the planet's ecosytems. It means to realise regenerative approaches inspired by natural cycles that replenish resources and protect biodiversity.
Beautiful means enriching experiences that respond to needs beyond our material dimension, inspired by creativity, art and culture. It means appreciating diversity as an opportunity to learn from each other.
For further information please visit europa.eu/new-european-bauhaus.
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Conference Archive

2020 Virtual Conference "Hidden Gems" // Session recordings now online

December 29, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ICDAD hosted its 2020 annual conference online for the first time. Four sessions were spread across October 15 and 16, with a total of twelve speakers participating from countries around the world. The conference also had a record number of participants, with over 150 people registering to attend. 

ICDAD would like to thank all the conference speakers and participants for their enthusiastic contributions to what was a thought-provoking and meaningful two-day conference. The session recordings are now available online* and can be shared via links to ICDAD's Vimeo page. See below for links, and thank you again to everyone who made the conference a success!

Session 1: https://vimeo.com/user126737425

Session 2: https://vimeo.com/user126737425

Session 3: https://vimeo.com/user126737425

Session 4: https://vimeo.com/user126737425

*Due to recording issues, videos for sessions 1 and 4 begin partway through the presentations. We sincerely apologize for the technical errors. 

Conference Archive

Registration now open for "Hidden Gems", October 15-16

October 1, 2020

The ICDAD 2020 virtual conference looks at "hidden gem" objects, exploring collections from Asia, Europe, the US, and Mexico. Please register here.


Times are listed for New York, Paris, and the local time of each presenter.

DAY 1: Thursday, October 15
Session One
7:00 AM USA Eastern time; 13:00 Paris; 16:00 Ekaterinburg, Russia; 19:00 Taiwan; 20:00 Japan

Naoyuki Watanabe — Oda Collection of 20th Century Design

Annie Ting-An Lin — Objects Betwixt and Between: Objects from the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen

Ludmila Budrina — Malachites of the Demidoff Family: Reconstruction of the Collection and Potential Digital Representation

Moderators: Melissa Rinne, Shoshana Resnikoff

Session Two
12:00 PM USA Eastern time; 18:00 Paris; 18:00 Netherlands; 19:00 Finland

Femke Coevert, Dafne Diamante, Aafke Weller, and Maud van Suylen — Panoramas from the Depths of the Rijksmuseum’s Storage Room

Maddalena Napolitani — Balthazar-Georges Sage: The “Hidden Collector” and his Cabinet of Decorative Arts

Leena Svinhufvud and Susanna Thiel — The Design Attic: Investigating Hidden Processes in Designer Archives

Moderators: Kai Lobjakas, Shoshana Resnikoff

Session Three
7:00 PM USA Eastern; 1:00 Paris; 6:00 PM Mexico Central

Rebecca Tilles — Uncovering Hillwood, Washington D.C.’s Hidden Gem

Harrison Schley – The Zalinsky Collection: A Union Soldier’s Trove of Japanese Swords and Art

Claudia Marín — Devotion and Self-Representation in the 18th Century: Arts and Crafts at Museo de Arte Religioso Ex Convento de Santa Mónica

Moderators: Annamarie Sandecki, Shoshana Resnikoff

DAY 2: Friday, October 16
Session Four
9 AM USA Eastern; 15:00 Paris; 14:00 Portugal

Levi Higgs —Mining the David Webb Jewelry Archive

Naoko Adachi — Finding a Place in Museums for Japanese Photograph Albums from the Late-Nineteenth Century

Samantha Coleman-Aller — Hidden Gems: A Rare Group of Irish Glass Pieces

Moderators: Kai Lobjakas, Shoshana Resnikoff