Own entity is an interior design practice that specializes in creating, and recreating, the interiors of hospitality, commercial, and residential spaces.
Combining the precision and rigor of their architectural training with the effortless style of natural-born designers, Own entity transforms interiors into experiences.
Dana strives to create spaces that perfectly balance beauty and functionality. Her artistic intuition is complimented by a rigorous training in Architecture, offering clients stunning design that is always grounded in reality.
After receiving a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia, Dana returned to her native Seattle, where she worked at a mid-sized Architecture firm specializing in historic preservation. In 2000 she was a finalist in a design competition for her proposal for the adaptive reuse of Wells Coates's Lawn Road Flats, one of London's earliest modern apartment blocks.
From 2002 to 2004, Dana earned a Master's Degree in Architecture from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, where she won the Studio Award for her design of a Culinary Institute in Detroit's Eastern Market.
Following graduation, Dana moved to New York where she worked as a freelance designer until 2005 when she started at Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture, designing retail stores for American Apparel. In 2006 she joined Roman and Williams Building and Interiors, where she headed up such projects as The Ace Hotel NY, The Breslin Bar and Dining Room, and Stumptown Coffee's first NY store.
Dana Jaasund is a founding principal of Own entity.
Carrie approaches design with a fresh eye, catering her work both to the needs of the client and the unique challenges that each new space presents.
After receiving a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia, Carrie moved to New York City where she worked on a variety of projects for Pompei A.D. These have included retail spaces for Anthropologie and the concept design for Renzo Piano's iconic California Academy of the Sciences. Carrie went on to apprentice with a master furniture maker in New Jersey where she further refined her understanding of design in practice.
In 2003, Carrie was awarded a Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan. Upon returning to New York, Carrie joined the firm of Bonetti/Kozerski where she worked on high end residential projects, retail spaces for Donna Karen New York, and the offices of the Ford modeling agency.
As project manager for the firm of Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors, Carrie oversaw the design and construction of a variety of residential and commercial projects, including the Artisan Lofts in Tribeca and the much publicized renovation of the Royalton Hotel.
Carrie Dessertine is a founding principal of Own entity.