Lea Stewart

 

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.

Lea Stewart
The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

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

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Hollow Lamp: Salvaged Wood Pendant Shines a Light on Forestry Devastation

Hollow Lamp: Salvaged Wood Pendant Shines a Light on Forestry Devastation

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

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‘Broken’ Furniture Finds Beauty in Cracked and Unwanted Wood

‘Broken’ Furniture Finds Beauty in Cracked and Unwanted Wood

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.

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Latvian Designers Create Bowls from Real Money

Latvian Designers Create Bowls from Real Money

A duo of Latvian designers make a statement about contemporary currency through a series of bowls made from the shredded pieces of up to 3,000 GB pounds! These vessels are full of symbolism

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Stuart Haygarth’s Opulent Chandeliers Are Made Entirely from Recycled Objects

Stuart Haygarth’s Opulent Chandeliers Are Made Entirely from Recycled Objects

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

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Stacks of Staples Create Ornate Patterns in Nilly Mozer’s 100K Stool

Stacks of Staples Create Ornate Patterns in Nilly Mozer’s 100K Stool

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

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Incredible ChefPro 3D Printer Creates Sweet Custom Candies!

Incredible ChefPro 3D Printer Creates Sweet Custom Candies!

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

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Fake Artisan Plunger Company Poo Poos “Authentic” Branding

Fake Artisan Plunger Company Poo Poos “Authentic” Branding

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

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Top 6 Exercise and Standing Desks to Get You in Shape While You Work

Top 6 Exercise and Standing Desks to Get You in Shape While You Work

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

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Top 10 Crazy Christmas Trees Made from Bottles, Bikes, Shopping Carts and More!

Top 10 Crazy Christmas Trees Made from Bottles, Bikes, Shopping Carts and More!

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

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DIY: How To Make a Beautiful Holiday Wreath in 5 Easy Steps

DIY: How To Make a Beautiful Holiday Wreath in 5 Easy Steps

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

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L.A. Artist Handcrafts Luxurious Chandeliers Entirely From Trashed Bike Parts

L.A. Artist Handcrafts Luxurious Chandeliers Entirely From Trashed Bike Parts

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.

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100% Chemical-Free Sprayer Kills the Most Common Pathogens Using Only Water

100% Chemical-Free Sprayer Kills the Most Common Pathogens Using Only Water

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

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DIY: Make Your Own Artisan Soap Bar from Repurposed Scraps

DIY: Make Your Own Artisan Soap Bar from Repurposed Scraps

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

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6 Essential Kitchen Tools for Vegan and Raw Cuisine

6 Essential Kitchen Tools for Vegan and Raw Cuisine

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

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Top Tips for Raising Your Pet in a Sustainable Way

Top Tips for Raising Your Pet in a Sustainable Way

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

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Amazing Life-Sized Lego Furnishings that You Can Really Live With

Amazing Life-Sized Lego Furnishings that You Can Really Live With

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

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5 Fantastic and Easy Recipes for Jump Starting a Vegan Diet

5 Fantastic and Easy Recipes for Jump Starting a Vegan Diet

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

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6 Totally Insane Designs Made From Repurposed Toilets

6 Totally Insane Designs Made From Repurposed Toilets

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

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BOOK REVIEW: Angela Youngman’s Light and Enjoyable Read Will Increase your Green Roof Smarts

BOOK REVIEW: Angela Youngman’s Light and Enjoyable Read Will Increase your Green Roof Smarts

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

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Carnival-Goers in Brazil Exchange Empty Beer Cans for a Free Train Ride Home

Carnival-Goers in Brazil Exchange Empty Beer Cans for a Free Train Ride Home

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.

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Our Favorite Green Products from NeoCon 2013

Our Favorite Green Products from NeoCon 2013

Marking its 45th year, NeoCon returned to Chicago this week as North America's largest contract furnishings trade show. Filling sixteen floors of the mammoth Merchandise Mart, architects and

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Naturemill’s Ceramic Countertop Compost Pail

PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Naturemill’s Ceramic Countertop Compost Pail

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

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Air Drop Planter Cleans the Air Using Living Plants!

Air Drop Planter Cleans the Air Using Living Plants!

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

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LightStructure: Ingo Maurer’s New Geometric LED Lamps Are Suspended by Power Rods

LightStructure: Ingo Maurer’s New Geometric LED Lamps Are Suspended by Power Rods

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

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The AirRam’s High-Tech Cleaning Vacuum Tracks Its Energy Usage and Calories You’ve Burned

The AirRam’s High-Tech Cleaning Vacuum Tracks Its Energy Usage and Calories You’ve Burned

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,

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Dash Makes Delicious Additive-Free Greek Yogurt from Any Kind of Milk

Dash Makes Delicious Additive-Free Greek Yogurt from Any Kind of Milk

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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Kiyoshi Mino’s Amazing Felt Sculptures Blow Taxidermy Away

Kiyoshi Mino’s Amazing Felt Sculptures Blow Taxidermy Away

Kiyoshi’s collection of eight animal sculptures are now offered through the Chicago design shop ODLCO. Each bear, lamb, pig, cat, horse, duck, chipmunk, and bird sculpture is started with the

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Grow Your Own Healthy Greens in the Freshlife Stacking Sprouter

Grow Your Own Healthy Greens in the Freshlife Stacking Sprouter

Sprouts and edible grasses are very rich in nutrients, but anyone who has ended up with mush instead of tasty green knows that growing them at home can be tedious. Fresh wheatgrass,

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Vapur Unveils Water Filtering Anti-Bottles That Remove 99.99% of Bacteria

Vapur Unveils Water Filtering Anti-Bottles That Remove 99.99% of Bacteria

Vapur introduced several new products at the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show that expand their line of BPA-free “Anti-Bottles” – including a new

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