Welcome to The International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS)


Another exciting World Congress on Art Deco, the 13th, hosted by the Shanghai Art Deco Society, has passed all too quickly. It was a time to see old friends and make new ones. Many also enjoyed the Pre and Post-Congress trips held in Beijing and Nanjing.

The Shanghai conference venue, the award winning five star 2009 Peninsula Hotel, a stunning example of retro-Deco, named the most outstanding hotel in Asia, clearly showed the reverence given to Art Deco in Shanghai. It is the first new building on the historic Bund riverfront in several decades. With its historic references and modern technology it married the past with the future as Art Deco frequently strived to do.

Like in the Shanghai of the 1930s, the spirit of Art Deco was alive as we attended mornings of informative lectures and departed on afternoon tours. Evenings were a time to enjoy Shanghai hospitality and cuisine. Many thanks to Patrick Cranley and his vibrant team for another successful conference.

Very much missed at this time was Napier Art Deco Trust ICADS representative, Robert McGregor. A mentor and friend to many, sadly he passed away August 11, 2015.

At the Congress we met new ICADS members Pascal Laurent, Paris Art Deco Society, Phillip Lager, Perpignan Art Déco and Judit Tar, Friends of Art Deco Budapest.

ICADS is growing. We welcome you to join ICADS as an established society or key contact. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

The 14th World Congress on Art Deco, will take place in Cleveland in May 2017. Look forward to receiving full details of all dates, including Pre- and Post-Congresses.

Shortly we will be announcing the host city of the 2019 World Congress on Art Deco.

We continue to appreciate receiving alerts and notices to email to all ICADS members and place on our website.

If you have archival material of former Art Deco World Congresses, we would like to receive it to include on the web site, or linked it to where it can be found. A new link added to ICADS Website is Books, ArtDeco.org/Resources/books, thanks to the Art Deco Society of New York. If you have any resources to add contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in Cleveland. In 2017.

Warmest regards,

Sandra Cohen-Rose
Founding President, Art Déco Montréal
ICADS, Facilitator
514 931 9325


ICADS Board meeting at the Peace (formerly Cathay) Hotel in Shanghai, November 6, 2015