Found Object is always on the hunt for talented people. So, this past summer when Jude and Salvo ran into their cousin’s daughter, Gaby, who had just finished her studies in interior design, they were thrilled to have her join the team for a three month stint during the busy holiday period.
As luck would have it, the deal worked equally well for Gaby as she faced the decision between a Master’s degree and an internship. The choice was not really that difficult since at this early stage in her career she was craving the practical experience that only working at a company could provide.
Gaby of All Trades
When she arrived in New York in November, Gaby remembers her fond first impression upon setting foot in the warehouse – the size of the space as well as the large quantity of goods.
She initially worked with Jude on patterns, textiles and colors, matching fabrics to pillows and jewels to chains, with the goal of creating a collection for sale. Although Jude and she have distinct ways of looking at design, they soon discovered that their differing aesthetics complimented each other favorably. Because Gaby understands the lifestyle genre and color palette, in addition to being well traveled, she has become a great asset, especially when it comes to bouncing ideas around. In fact, in some ways she has become Jude’s right-hand woman.
During this three month period, which is quickly nearing its end, her primary role has evolved to the area of photography, an area crucial to a business so geared to image and design. If an item doesn’t “pop” on the screen, it just won’t sell as well. Gaby uses her keen eye to stylize photo shoots, as well as edit, and crop, cut or silo every photo that is part of the Found Object realm, from flash sales to the scrapbook on the company’s website.
From time to time, she also works with Salvo on computer design projects. She has developed invitations to events, created patterns for porcelain, and put together a catalog for a line of kid’s furniture.
A Fresh Set of Ideas
Gaby brings a certain kind of freshness to Found Object. Over the course of the past three months, her training and aesthetic have blossomed. The types of textiles – ikats, suzanis, swatis, and bukharas – were completely foreign to her and the vast array of products, colors and designs has really opened her eyes to new ideas.
It doesn’t hurt that she is also living in New York City, a world capital in art and culture. The wealth of fascinating museums and captivating architecture provides a stimulation that cannot be beat.
Before coming to Found Object, Gaby had worked at an interior design office, mainly in computerized drawing. The experience at Found Object is vastly different than a traditional office job because there is the opportunity to gain a glimpse of the complete life of a small company. She witnesses first hand everything coming full circle, from creating a collection, to imaging and sales. She doesn’t do just one job, but many and she has thrived in the fast paced, high energy environment.
At just 22 years of age, she is part of the younger generation that is naturally computer literate, able to quickly adapt to new applications and technologies – a boon to a company that thrives in the online world. And she has learned the workings of Found Object in the blink of an eye. With no prior background in photography, nor any knowledge of the mecca of flash sales, Gaby now works side-by-side with Kristen to set up the myriad and plentiful images required for everything sold by the company.
Plus, everyone in the office adores her. With only a couple of weeks before she returns home, Gaby wishes she could continue working at Found Object a bit longer. So do Jude and Kristen. She has been a valuable and appreciated talent and everyone will be sad to see her go.