Award-Winning Designer Deniece Duscheone Provides Expert Advice on Eco-Friendly Interiors & Sustainable Product Design

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Deniece Duscheone is a LEED-certified interior designer with two sustainable lighting lines and a green design practice. Please consider her as an eco-friendly resource for product and design articles.

Please call on LEED-certified designer Deniece Duscheone for any information or quotes on eco-friendly, sustainable topics. Duscheone, whose interior design work embodies green principles, has launched two sustainable lighting lines and has been asked to design eco-friendly guestrooms for the Hotel Metropole on Catalina Island.    

Duscheone is a co-founder of the design and architecture firm S.K.I.N., which stands for Sustainable Kinetic Integrated Nature. She is most recognized for her $56 million redesign of the historic US Grant Hotel, for which she recently accepted the HotelWorld Award for Best Luxury Guestroom Design. She has also been asked to participate in the Women in Architecture Exhibit in Los Angeles, where images of her work on the US Grant will be displayed at the SCI-Arc Main Space from May 17 to June 2 and at the Pacific Design Center from June 3 until the end of July.

Duscheone is LEED certified through the U.S. Green Building Council, and was insistent on using eco-friendly materials (from paint to flooring to fabrics) throughout the hotel. She and her partner, Chris Maresca, installed an energy efficient LED lighting system for the exterior as well. She is committed to finding reliable vendors who will manufacture products using the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council, including responsible business practices for the disposal of any manufacturing by-products, and strives to convince her clients that green is the way to go.

Since completing her work on the US Grant, Duscheone and Maresca have launched their Bioluminescence lighting collection, which was inspired by a museum exhibit titled "Lights of the Ocean." Each fixture is constructed with recycled materials and LED bulbs. Their second green lighting collection, Eden, features six intricate chandeliers that incorporate a floral motif. Both collections are available through the Beckmann MooreYaki Studio showrooms in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Duscheone implements green design principles and materials in every design project she takes on. Her passion for the environment is infectious and she is an inspiration for women entrepreneurs and eco-minded individuals. Her bio and a summary of her recent achievements are below. More information about Duscheone can be found at


Deniece Duscheone is a leader in the integration of intelligent energy-efficient building systems and the lasting effects of sustainable design. She and partner Christopher Maresca founded S.K.I.N. in 2004 with the intent of developing a design firm committed to innovative and responsible design practices. The acronym S.K.I.N. is an abbreviation for Sustainable Kinetic Integrated Nature and is a description of the philosophy that the firm utilizes in the design process. The studio is well-known for its wide range of projects, its exceptionally high standards, and work that emphasizes the importance of place and explores nature and the integration of materials.

Having attained her Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Professional Accreditation through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2004, Ms. Duscheone has lectured on sustainable design and the integration of luxury. She and Mr. Maresca designed their first energy efficient light in 2004, winning the new product development competition "GreenLight."

Ms. Duscheone has worked on a wide array of architectural and interior design projects across the United States ranging from the complete master planning and design of hospitality and entertainment facilities to the management and coordination of large-scale construction projects. She completed the interior design and served as project manager on the $56 million renovation of the US Grant Hotel in San Diego, for which she custom-designed furniture, lighting and carpeting. She also was the lead designer of The Bishop's School in La Jolla, for which she designed a sustainable parking structure with an unprecedented ninety-thousand-square-foot soccer field and softball field on top.

Ms. Duscheone received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design. She studied Architecture and Fine Arts abroad in Spain and did extensive research on various cultures that have developed sustainable systems and its affects on the human condition for her thesis "Architecture and the Mind." She has been a guest juror for the NewSchool of Architecture's design studio.

Her work has been acknowledged with awards and publications, including the 2008 HotelWorld award for Best Luxury Guestroom Design, the California Construction award for Best Architectural Renovation and the Alanzo Award for Best Design, all for the US Grant Hotel in San Diego. Part of the Eden collection, her Flur chandelier was awarded Best Eco-Friendly Product Design in 2008 by California Home & Design. Ms. Duscheone also has received the Alpha Rho Chi national bronze metal for Architecture and the Allied Arts. She has a strong belief in work that merges art and architecture and has served on the board of the San Diego Art Foundation and has chaired the Art and Lecture series. She has served on the board of the American Institute of Architects (both the California Council and the San Diego chapter), and she is a member of the Association for Women in Architecture (AWA).

2008                        Best Luxury Guestroom Design Award - US Grant Hotel - HotelWorld
2008                        Best Eco-Friendly Product Design Award - Flur Chandelier - California Home & Design
2007                        Design of the Times Award - US Grant Hotel - Hospitality Lodging
2006                        Alanzo Award for Best Design - US Grant Hotel - San Diego Downtown Partnership
2006                        Best Architectural Renovation - US Grant Hotel - California Construction
2004                        1st Place for innovative design and sustainability in lighting - Aequorea Light - Greenlight Competition
2003                        National Bronze Metal - Architecture & Allied Arts - Alpha Rho Chi

2008                        Hotel Design Magazine - "Best Guestroom Design - Luxury" - April issue
2008                        California Home & Design Magazine - "A Bright Idea" - March issue
2008                        Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine - "Rock Star" - February issue
2007                        Traditional Home Magazine - "Blue Velvet" - October issue
2007                        New York Times - "The Room as Spa, and Vice Versa" - July issue
2007                        Coronado Eagle & Journal - "Port Shops Bridge Lighting Proposal to Coronado, Others" - July 19
2007                        San Diego News - "Hotel Renovation Uncovers History Layers" - July 5
2007                        Star Magazine - "Hot Hotel" - July issue
2007                        Top 100 Luxury Hotels in the World List - US Grant Hotel - Robb Report
2007                        Conde Nast - "Hotel Hot List" - May issue
2007                        C Magazine - "Most Improved Resort" - May issue
2007                        Coronado Eagle & Journal - "Coronado Native Completes Acclaimed Remodel of US Grant Hotel" - May 9
2007                        CNN Headline News - "Top Hotel in America's Best Beach Cities" - May broadcast
2007                        San Diego Magazine - "Exploring the City's Chic Boutique Hotels" - April issue
2007                        Los Angeles Times - "Four Star Excellent Rating" - March issue
2007                        San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles - "High Atop the US Grant Hotel" - February issue
2007                        Hospitality Design Magazine - "Presidential Address" - January/February issue
2007                        Riviera Modern/Luxury Magazine - "Hot List 2007" - January issue
2006                        Décor & Style Magazine - "The US Grant Hotel" - November issue
2006                        The New Look Magazine - "The US Grant Hotel" - November issue
2006                        San Diego Magazine - "Grant Expectations" - November issue
2006                        San Diego Union Tribune - "Smoke Stakes and Geraniums"
2006                        San Diego Union Tribune - "A Landmark Blossoms" - September 29
2006                        San Diego Union Tribune - "General Quarters" - September 3


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