A Michigan-based designer and self proclaimed master multi-tasker, Lea is most excited that her career has included such a variety of opportunities. She is LEED GA accredited, and has had a passion for green design for as long as she can remember. Her design for sustainable footwear was internationally awarded the First Place Professional Winner of the International Design Resource Awards and winner of the Saint Etienne International Design Biennial in 2002. She has been published in the Eco Design Handbook, and is also a part of the permanent collection of the Huxley College of the Environment at West Washington University. Lea believes that design is multifaceted and is about creating experiences. Her diverse career has focused on creating user centered projects and managing teams internally at large corporations like Masco and Rock Tenn (formerly Smurfit-Stone), at small design consultancies like Eldon Design Associates, and working for private manufactures like Kohler Company, Richard Shultz, and Michael Graves.
Excessive packaging is one of our top pet peeves here at Inhabitat, so we were really inspired by this flat cardboard sheet that is capable of conforming to the shape of any object, saving a
The Tipuana trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho were planted in the 1930's and they have grown into a shady neighborhood canopy for the past 70 years. In 2005, construction of a mall in the
Winter has finally drawn to a close, so to celebrate the arrival of spring we'd like to share some of our favorite vegan superfood smoothie recipes. If you're unfamiliar with the term,
Daniel Byström and Kristján Kristjánsson used discarded wood to develop a series of beautiful, hand-crafted light fixtures that raise awareness for serious issues plaguing forests. Their
Finnish designer and woodworker Jalmari Laihinen's amazing new collection of furniture celebrates the beauty of cracked, harsh edged wood that would otherwise go unnoticed or discarded.
Designer Stuart Haygarth creates dazzling functional art entirely from upcycled, discarded objects. For the past decade Haygarth has collaged toys, auto parts, and even eye glass parts into
Designer Nilly Mozer creates beautiful furniture that can be customized with ornate patterns by sliding and arranging stacks of metal staples. Her simple "100K" piece can function as a table or
Culinary artists will soon be able to join the 3D printing revolution thanks to an amazing new candy printer. The ChefPro from 3D Systems unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
A recently launched startup peddling wildly expensive, artisan plungers caught our attention because the whole thing is giant joke, and a really good one at that. The unnamed comedian behind
Sit to Walkstation To really beat that lethargic feeling at work, the Walkstation from Steelcase is an exercise desk that elegantly combines a treadmill with a workstation. These units are
RECYCLED BIKE TIRE TREE This Christmas tree in Bermondsey Square, London is made out of 35 wheels reclaimed from old bikes. It was designed by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects using wheels from a
To create your holiday wreath you will need: - Fabric shears. These will cut through fabric more easily than standard scissors. - A collection of small pieces of fabric swatches. We used table
Artist Carolina (Caro) Fontoura Alzaga challenges the "necessity for the new" by creating magnificent Victorian style chandeliers from trashed bike parts sourced from local Los Angeles shops.
This amazing Eco3Spray handheld sprayer from Franke turns ordinary tap water into ozone, enabling it to kill common nasties like E. coli, salmonella, staph aureus, and pneumonia without using
STEP 1: Gather all your materials. You'll need just soap bits, a plastic bottle, a grater, a cutting tool, and a pan for melting. STEP 2: Cut the bottom off of the plastic bottle to
1. Eco Friendly Cutting Boards Select a set of durable and sustainable food-grade cutting boards, such as ones made from polypropylene and flax husk. Using flax husk reduces the amount of
Image via Shutterstock There is no doubt that pets give us unmatched companionship, but owning one can take its toll on the environment. In a book written by two New Zealand scientists, they
Lego DJ Table If you think this Lego DJ table is cool, you might want to try making one yourself. DIY instructions for the table were created (in German) by Kai Muller of Spy Style. Lego
NUT MILK + 1 cup almonds (or substitute with nuts of your choice) + 5 cups filtered water + 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional) + 1/2 cup soaked and pitted dates (add extra for more
The Northern region of New Zealand, on the Coromandel Peninsula, is known for amazing scenery, hiking, and camping. Now it may also be known for crazy toilet sculpture! This humorous
Author Angela Youngman has released a guidebook that will immerse you in world of green roofs through case studies, imagery, and must-know terminology related to design, build, and installation
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's largest public celebrations, featuring nearly 2 million costumed party goers, an extravagant parade, and of course, lots of alcohol consumption.
The first thing you will notice about the ceramic pail composter when taking it out of the box is that it's very simple to set up. After snapping the stainless steel handle onto the knobs on
Design student Jillian Tackaberry's Air Drop is a beautiful hanging pendant that uses the purifying power of plants to clean the air in your home! Created for the Electorlux Design
Ingo Maurer is a world-renowned creator of innovative and highly artistic lighting installations that use completely custom mechanisms, minimized connectors, and unexpected materials. His latest
The UK company GTech reimagines cordless vacuuming to create a top marks for low energy consumption and high performance. Using only 100W of power from a 22V Lithium ion rechargeable battery,
NYC-based Dash company recently debuted a prototype of a Greek Yogurt Maker that makes delicious, creamy yogurt free from fake sugars and preservatives. Not only does this product have style,
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