The finalist of our Design Is Not Taught! program has finished her summer internship, so we asked her for some parting words as she heads back to her hometown of Nantes, France. She had an amazing experience with David's team, and from what we've heard, the feeling is clearly mutual!
Morgane Saout has been working as a Brand Director in Paris, France for 5 years. Her experience as an intern this summer really opened her eyes to the world of event design, which is quite different from her day-to-day world.
Read Part II of Morgane's experiences below (Part I can be found here). Best of luck to Morgane as she reaquaints herself with her Parisian life, and many thanks to David Stark and team for reaching out to Apartment Therapy with this exciting opportunity.
Morgane's internship was a fantastic 3-month look behind-the-scenes of a well-regarded event design company. She shared this with us after returning to France just a few weeks ago:
After a quick visit to Paris to see my friends, I returned to the Nantes region where my family lives. So here I am in the country, quite different than the skyscrapers, free concerts, exhibitions, crowds, burgers, iced coffees, heat and humidity of the underground in New York, as I've finished my summer internship at David Stark!
Welcome back to farms, cows, baguettes, croissants, foot marches and fires at home (it is already cold here)!
It is around a good French breakfast with my family I remember my last days in New York. The city is a great place to create and grow, and it is definitely where it all happens, although three months is probably too short to know for sure!
In recent weeks things happened perfectly with David Stark's team - the team has been wonderful to me, I rarely felt better received within an agency. It was with regret that I had to leave everyone and also the life that I began to create in such a short time.
The team had a surprise waiting for me on my last day: cupcakes! Cookie, caramel, vanilla, velvet, I was not embarrassed to take several. Yeah, in France we have pastries, but no cupcakes!
Fortunately, all is not finished - I'm working right now with Apartment Therapy on a top secret project! It should be a fun surprise for all of those on the team :) Exciting is it not?
And after? Well, I still do freelance work, and I have a great project underway in Dubai where I will probably visit in November. The urge to go somewhere is something I constantly feel after 5 years of travel, but where? And ideas, readers?
Thank you again to David Stark and Apartment Therapy for this wonderful adventure!
About David Stark
David Stark is celebrated for his innovative, imaginative events for a wide range of high-wattage celebrity clients such as Beyoncé Knowles, Martha Stewart, Mariska Hargitay, Glenn Close and Jon Stewart, major corporations such as Target, TBS and Condé Nast, as well as high-visibility fund-raising galas for the nation's most elite not-for-profit organizations including The Museum of Modern Art and The Robin Hood Foundation.
- A thirty foot tornado constructed from thousands of sneakers donated by Nike created a breathtaking centerpiece at a Robin Hood Foundation annual gala.
- An aerial installation created from thousands of lines of flagging tape established the theme for the American Friends of the Israel Museum's gala.
- For the opening of the new Michael Graves wing at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, a paper fantasy setting referenced William Morris flowers in the museum's collection.