Since it’s 2009 foundation in a bohemian studio off of Venice and Abbot Kinney, hospitality based Avenue Interior Design has positioned itself as a tiny powerhouse in an industry full of giants. Now based in Downtown Los Angeles, the team continues to design and collaborate on the industry’s most dynamic proprieties for the most prominent leaders in hospitality.
Under the direction of founders Andrea DeRosa and Ashley Manhan, the studio has become known for its refusal to be defined by any one style, instead opting to apply a fresh, distinctive and exclusive design to each project with consideration to brand, demographic and location. Avenue Interior Design values collaboration and pride’s itself on exceptional communication and respect for the creative process as well as the bottom line. The studio’s primary goal is to create impactful, engaging and influential brand identities that leave guests excited to return – all while maximizing profitability and exposure for our clients.
Avenue Interior Design specializes in new build and property renovations of almost any scale including hotel guestrooms, suites and public areas, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gaming venues, spas and retail outlets domestically and globally. In addition to a number of private individuals, we are proud to include SBE, Boyd Gaming, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, Marriott, CIM and MGM Resorts International as clientele.
ASHLEY MANHAN, Principal & Co-Founder of Avenue Interior Design
Los Angeles native Ashley Manhan landed her first internship at 19 while receiving her Interior Design degree from UCLA. It was at this Santa Monica based boutique design firm where Ashley became immersed in the hospitality industry while working on properties for Fairmont Hotels and MGM Resorts International. Ashley went on to further her hospitality experience at a well-respected design firm with high profile clients including Kimpton Hotels and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, with whom she worked with on a St. Regis property in Central America. In 2007 Ashley joined hospitality pioneer SBE Entertainment. While at SBE, she collaborated with design icon Philippe Starck and celebrity photographer, Matthew Rolston to develop groundbreaking hotel brands like SLS and the Redbury. Ashley was also involved with the design of notable restaurants and bars including the Bazaar with celebrity chef, José Andrés, a Michael Mina restaurant in Hollywood, Katsuya LA Live and the Abbey in Los Angeles.
ANDREA DeROSA, Principal & Co-Founder of Avenue Interior Design
In 2005, Andrea graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Interior Design. While at the UW, she spent time studying art and architecture in the South of France through an affiliated university and later returned to Europe for a semester abroad in the Netherlands. Andrea completed multiple internships before moving on to intern at one of Madison’s most prestigious residential interior design firms. Immediately upon graduation in 2005, Andrea moved to Los Angeles where she took a position with an interior design firm focusing on properties for hospitality giants including Hilton. Shortly thereafter, Andrea met Ashley at a boutique hospitality firm in Santa Monica were they became fast friends. Eventually Andrea joined the design team at a prominent interiors firm in Pasadena where she was heavily involved in the conceptual design process for a number of influential gaming developments for clients including Boyd Gaming and MGM Resorts International. In 2009, Andrea and Ashley joined forces to establish hospitality based interior design firm, Avenue Interior Design.
JENNIFER CASEY, Director of Operations
Jennifer has had a long love affair with hotels beginning with a childhood stay at the grande dame Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. (The appearance of a mouse in the room did little to dampen her enthusiasm.) She received her undergraduate degree in Art History from Wellesley College and her J.D. from UCLA a few years later. As a commercial real estate lawyer, she developed an expertise in resort and golf properties, working on trophy properties across the U.S., including La Quinta Resort & Club, PGA West, the Grand Wailea Resort and the Arizona Biltmore. After realizing how much she loved the design aspect of hotels, she obtained her Professional Certificate from the UCLA Extension Architecture and Interior Design program and joined a nationally recognized hospitality boutique firm in Los Angeles, where she designed and project-managed hotel projects in the U.S. and Asia, including the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Claremont Club & Spa (a Fairmont hotel), The Explorer’s Lodge at Hong Kong Disneyland, as well as cruise ship projects for Crystal Cruises and Disney Cruise Line. She manages talented design teams with a collaborative leadership style to deliver great design while meeting client budget and schedule goals. Jennifer is a LEED AP in commercial interiors. When not working, she can be found practicing Argentinian tango.
Denise received her Bachelors degree in Global Studies from UCLA, followed by a Masters degree in Interior Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. Following a stint as a marketing research analyst after graduation, Denise transformed her interest in branding into a career in hospitality and commercial design, translating the intangible identity of brands into tangible defined spaces. Denise honed her insight into the world of hospitality design while working on the multifaceted Baha Mar Casino Hotel Project in the Bahamas with Dianna Wong Architecture and Interior Design. There she developed designs for the hotel’s public areas, guestrooms and executive offices. She also brought her hospitality experience to her work on multifamily developments such as the Runway Playa Vista, Los Angeles and the Kirby Collection, Houston. Since joining Avenue Interior Design, Denise has diversified her hospitality portfolio to include the Hotel Modera in Portland, The Ramble Hotel in Denver and the La Serena Villas in Palm Springs.
JENNIFER KRISKE, Director of Design & Construction
Jennifer brings over a decade of experience to the team with a passion for turning ideas onto reality. After a brief stint in entertainment, her interest in design and construction was peeked while working side-by-side with her contractor while building a custom home in Malibu, California. After that experience she decided to go back to school for Interior Design while simultaneously working in the field. She held positions at a small boutique design firm in Santa Monica, followed by a position at one of the largest hospitality design firms in the world, where she worked with powerhouses such as Marriott Hotels, Mandarin Oriental Hotels and the famous Ambani Private Residence in Mumbai, India. After spending 5 years cutting her teeth in hospitality, Jennifer went on to work as the sole Interior Designer for Hillstone Restaurant Group where she oversaw the design and execution of five new properties, dozens of renovations, and designing custom furniture and lighting to meet the high design and strict operational needs of over 50 restaurants nationwide.
With roots stemming from the Pacific Northwest, Jessica’s passion for design started at a young age, dreaming of design and drawing floor plans since age seven. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design at Bellevue College in WA and beginning her career at NBBJ, an architecture firm in Seattle, Jessica moved to Los Angeles, where she was able to gain exposure to the hospitality world. She gained further experience at firms such as Kelly Wearstler and Commune in West Hollywood, where aesthetic and vibe have a very specific and influential following. With projects ranging from restaurants and hotels, high-end residential to corporate office spaces and healthcare, Jessica’ vast experience and exposure in various design sectors in both interior design and architectural practices have given her a broad range of project types and clientele. Jessica has created an unbiased and unique perspective that gives a freshness in her approach to design, no matter the project. Her passion for people and relationships and her constant travels abroad add further depth and character to her vision and approach to design. Jessica has worked on The Durham Hotel In North Carolina and Moevenpick Hotel and State Guest House in Cheifeng, Inner Mongolia. Clients have included celebrity residences, boutique brands such as The Standard Hotels, with other multiple project locations throughout the US as well as in Asia.
A native from Las Vegas, Christine received her B.S. degree in Interior Architecture and Design at UNLV. During her studies, she worked alongside Artsbridge America for primary and secondary education and supported the program’s purpose to integrate the arts into the school day to day by bridging projects to other subjects in the curriculum to encourage and nurture the future artists and designers. She went on to work for Cleo Design, an award winning Vegas based design firm ranked in Interior Design Magazine’s Top 75 Hospitality Giants to further her passion in hospitality design. She has had the chance to work with well-known clients including MGM Resorts International, Caesar’s Entertainment and Seminole Hard Rock for an assortment of project types ranging from restaurants to a 500+ key guestroom tower. Never missing an opportunity to travel, Christine enjoys exploring new cities and countries in search of adventure, culture, and of course designs to bring back home. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has joined the talented Avenue team and hopes to contribute her passion for details and love of working around others whom feel the same.
Julie received her BFA in Interior Design from Washington State University in 2017 where she developed both technical expertise and traditional practices such as hand drawing. In the fall of 2016, Julie joined Avenue Interior Design as an intern where she was deeply immersed in all phases of the Interior Design process for numerous high profile, hospitality clients. Throughout her internship, Julie further refined her presentation and technical skills and gained a stronger understanding of industry protocol and processes. Julie's attention to detail, dedication, and passion for design make her an invaluable asset to the Avenue team. As a designer at Avenue, Julie looks forward to pursing her passion of curating innovate and exciting interiors.
Daphnie received her B.A. in Communication studies from UCLA in 2013. She began her career in social media marketing working at a children’s lifestyle and toy brand. Her artistic knack for building and creating along with her sharp eye for design led to a natural transition within the company doing product development. During her time as a product developer she worked on several different product lines including a custom activity kit collection for Target. While new to the world of Interior Design, Daphnie has always had a deep appreciation for beautifully designed spaces and its transformative power. Daphnie hopes to bring her unique design background along with her creative curiosity to the Avenue design team.
Dana’s career first began in Los Angeles in the fashion industry after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Always passionate about interiors and design, Dana relocated to New York to further her career and landed at James Perse where she assisted in opening their Madison Avenue Flagship and an extension of the Soho location. In this role she was inspired by the simple yet influential retail designs and the brand's identity of warm west-coast indoor/outdoor living architecture and interiors. Now back in California, Dana recently completed her second degree in Interior Design at FIDM. She values a space that tells a story and connects the individual to its design and the lifestyle it conveys. She has confidently discovered her aesthetic through fashion, travel (Melides, Portugal and Positano, Italy were favorites), and experiences living on both West and East Coast.
Chloe received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Following graduation, Chloe took a position at the Children’s Hospital at the University of Illinois and found herself fascinated with the function of the physical spaces. Spending time within old buildings that had been retrofitted for modern use, but did not fully support their new purpose, ignited an interest in creating functional, beautiful spaces. A year and a half later, she moved back to her native Los Angeles to pursue a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture through Cal Poly Pomona. Chloe took her first leap into design working with an established, high-end residential designer. She then went on to hold the role of Resource Librarian at Hirsch Bedner Associates, where she collaborated with the entire design staff on luxury hospitality projects. From there, Chloe took a design role with Studio HBA, where she worked on branded and boutique hospitality projects.