Thursday, April 7, 2011

Designer Profile: Mélangerie Inc.

'Tis the season.....for weddings!

I can't help it -- I love a good wedding. Especially now that everyone is a-buzz about the soon-to-be-royal wedding. And while little old ladies in London are pre-ordering their William and Kate china, locals, Elana and Lesley of Mélangerie Inc. are busy creating some of the most lovely and creative wedding paperie on the market!

Mélangerie Inc. is a Brooklyn-based design consultancy that specializes in bespoke paperie, gifts, memorabilia and event details for all occasions, big and small. Their work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Daily Candy Weddings, Real Simple Weddings, Town & Country Weddings, Brides Magazine, New York Brides (clearly, lots of love from happy brides!), Target, and the GAP, among others.

This past fall semester, I was fortunate to work with Mélangerie as a design intern. Even before I met Elana and Lesley, I was aware of their work and knew them to be purveyors of whimsical custom paperie, deliciously illustrated screenprints, and fine art prints.  It was love at first tote bag. So when I heard they were looking for an intern, I jumped at the opportunity! I can honestly say that my experience at Mélangerie was a true delight. Personally, I could not ask for two sweeter or funnier bosses!

Unlike many interns who fetch and re-fetch coffee and make photocopies all day, I really felt valued as both an artist and designer and was constantly challenged to think creatively. I collaborated on a variety of visual projects including web and print design, and assisted at photo shoots, trunk shows, and client meetings. I was even given the opportunity to conceptualize, design, and produce a holiday parlor game that was featured on the popular Daily Candy Blog. Not only has my portfolio of work benefited from this internship, but the experience of working in a professional creative environment has given me many opportunities to present my work to the larger design world. I have also learned so much about the industry that can only be experienced outside the classroom, including basic business and networking skills, as well as successful press and promotion.

Visit Mélangerie's website to see their latest projects and check out their Etsy and NewlyWish  storefronts!

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