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
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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Top 10 Eco Products from the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Top 10 Eco Products from the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Expanding on their line of flat-pack water bottles, Vapur has introduced MicroFilter, a filter that safely removes 99.99% of bacteria and organic matter. Filtering up to 1,000 liters over its

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Awesome Stealth ‘Clarity Bike’ Has a Transparent Trivex Frame

Awesome Stealth ‘Clarity Bike’ Has a Transparent Trivex Frame

There are safety advantages to decking out your bike like a shining beacon when sharing lanes with petroleum-powered traffic, but the Clarity Bike explores the opposite end of the spectrum. This

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Specimen’s Hand-Crafted Horn Speakers Are Made from Recycled Newsprint and Dryer Lint

Specimen’s Hand-Crafted Horn Speakers Are Made from Recycled Newsprint and Dryer Lint

Not only are Specimen's horn speakers visually intriguing with their flared newsprint protrusion, but they project larger-than-life sound using only 3 watts of power. The technology employed was

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Extraordinary Sustainable Retreat by roomTEN Design Opens Onto Michigan’s Lake Shore

Extraordinary Sustainable Retreat by roomTEN Design Opens Onto Michigan’s Lake Shore

Creating the home as a sustainable and healthy living space for the family was top priority, beginning with site selection. Calculating what available property would be the shortest in drive

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Reliance Foundry Launches Cutting-Edge Solar Bollard Lamp for Outdoor Path Lighting

Reliance Foundry Launches Cutting-Edge Solar Bollard Lamp for Outdoor Path Lighting

When they are doing their job effectively, you might not pay any attention to the outdoor lamps that illuminate your nighttime path. But the recently launched Solar-powered Bollard Lighting

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DIY: 10 Amazing Homemade Terrariums That Also Make Great Gifts!

DIY: 10 Amazing Homemade Terrariums That Also Make Great Gifts!

  1. Ornament Terrarium Spruce up boring glass ornaments by turning them into terrariums. You can use any clear glass ornament that has a removable hanger. We suggest

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Melodie Dearden Creates a Perfect Gingerbread Replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater!

Melodie Dearden Creates a Perfect Gingerbread Replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater!

We had to share this ambitious gingerbread masterpiece replicating in small scale Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, created by culinary artist Melodie Dearden. On Dearden's Garden

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Artisans Transform Recycled Coca-Cola Bottles Into Modern Dishware

Artisans Transform Recycled Coca-Cola Bottles Into Modern Dishware

Earlier this month at Designtide Tokyo, local studio Nendo debuted Bottleware: a collection of beautifully crafted dishware that gives new life to recycled glass Coca-Cola bottles. The

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Healthy Home Chicago: Inhabitat Gets a First Look Inside Amazing Green Chicago Home

Healthy Home Chicago: Inhabitat Gets a First Look Inside Amazing Green Chicago Home

This masterpiece home began as a plea from a young couple fed up with not being able to find a healthy home where they could raise their daughter, and soon expected second baby. For those not

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Nautinox’ Trellised Greenline Bookshelf Encourages Indoor Gardening

Nautinox’ Trellised Greenline Bookshelf Encourages Indoor Gardening

We got our first glimpse of the Nautinox Greenline Collection of planter box furniture back in April at the Milan Furniture Fair, and the Italian furniture manufacturer recently showcased a new

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Vita’s Gorgeous Flat-Pack Lamps Can be Mixed and Matched to Create Fresh New Designs

Vita’s Gorgeous Flat-Pack Lamps Can be Mixed and Matched to Create Fresh New Designs

We spotted this gorgeous collection of DIY flat-pack lamps by the Danish company Vita at 100% Design during this year’s London Design Festival. Interchangeable “petals” made

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Nendo’s Ando Momofuku Center Tree House is an Apartment Building for Birds!

Nendo’s Ando Momofuku Center Tree House is an Apartment Building for Birds!

Lead by founder Oki Sato, Nendo produces refined, simplified forms that evoke emotion in viewers. In this piece, we see that repeated forms of various shaped pitched roof houses with circular

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Drool Over this Stunning Burgundy Barn Renovation by Josephine Interior Design

Drool Over this Stunning Burgundy Barn Renovation by Josephine Interior Design

The renovation was completed by Josephine Interior Design, owned by the energetic and eclectic Josephine Gintzburger. Gintzburger previously worked in the fashion world, and she translated her

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Facebook Commissions Frank Gehry to Design New Green Menlo Park Campus

Facebook Commissions Frank Gehry to Design New Green Menlo Park Campus

Facebook just announced a huge expansion to their Menlo Park campus, and the company has commissioned Prizker-Prize winning starchitect Frank Gehry - best known for his shiny, titanium-clad

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Web-Like Treetop Science Lab Floats High Above Brazil’s Rainforest Canopy

Web-Like Treetop Science Lab Floats High Above Brazil’s Rainforest Canopy

Yi Yvonne Weng's concept includes webbed mesh in three densities, the least dense of which contain metal rods for structural support. The mid-layer has a medium density so that birds may easily

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Who Gives A Crap: Crowdfunded Toilet Paper Company to Donate 50% of Profits to Improve Sanitation in Developing World

Who Gives A Crap: Crowdfunded Toilet Paper Company to Donate 50% of Profits to Improve Sanitation in Developing World

In just a few short days, a small group of entrepreneurial designers and engineers has raised over $50,000 to fund Who Gives a Crap, a business that will offer sustainable, comfortable toilet

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OpenROV Is World’s First Kit for Do-It-Yourself Ocean Exploration

OpenROV Is World’s First Kit for Do-It-Yourself Ocean Exploration

Eric Stackpole wants every tech geek with a passion for ocean science to have inexpensive, open source hardware to conduct research. The solution that he and a team of fellow enthusiasts has

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“Lit” Light Bulb Combines LED Technology With Fiber Optics

“Lit” Light Bulb Combines LED Technology With Fiber Optics

The “Lit” concept bulb designed by Elie Ahovi is an extremely elegant and innovative combination of LED and fiber optic technology, and could pave the way for incandescent

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Alessandro Jordão’s Giant Lego Chair Debuts at “Fresh from Brasil” During NY Design Week

Alessandro Jordão’s Giant Lego Chair Debuts at “Fresh from Brasil” During NY Design Week

This was the second edition of Fresh From Brasil, which showed its first collection at the Wanted Design show in 2011.  Jordão first showed pieces from his collection of Lego art last year in

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Transform Bare Walls to Bright Indoor Gardens with the Versatile Urbio System

Transform Bare Walls to Bright Indoor Gardens with the Versatile Urbio System

Spotted at New York Design Week, we are in love with the Urbio, a system of mix and match modular planters and organizers that snap into place with high-strength magnets. The series of various

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HOW TO: Use Naturemill’s Metro Composter to Compost Indoors Without the Odor

HOW TO: Use Naturemill’s Metro Composter to Compost Indoors Without the Odor

STEP 1: Getting set up Remove all of the contents from the shipping box and find a good spot in your home to keep your unit. You will need to be close to an electric outlet, so a kitchen

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Was This Free Chicago Recycling Program Squashed by City Politics?

Was This Free Chicago Recycling Program Squashed by City Politics?

A free public recycling program in Chicago was recently halted by Mayor Rahm Emmaunel, and the development has been causing quite a stir. The recycling cans were installed at some of the trendy

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Tesla Unveils the Model X: The World’s First All-Electric Crossover Luxury car

Tesla Unveils the Model X: The World’s First All-Electric Crossover Luxury car

The auto world is buzzing today about Tesla's highly-anticipated Model X family-sized vehicle, which was unveiled just last night. Built for parents with a need for speed, this car breaks the

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Rollerhaus Re-imagines Chicago as a Futuristic Eco Metropolis

Rollerhaus Re-imagines Chicago as a Futuristic Eco Metropolis

Through an extremely in-depth report, paired with dazzling visual representations, design and think tank group Rollerhaus imagined an eco-centric future vision of Chicago that is without cars,

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Groopti’s Recycled Cardboard ECO Blocks Can be Stacked to Form Tables, Chairs, and Benches

Groopti’s Recycled Cardboard ECO Blocks Can be Stacked to Form Tables, Chairs, and Benches

Groopti – the website that combines crowdsourcing with bespoke manufacturing – just unveiled its latest cardboard creation, this time from designer Svetlana Kozhenova. Simply called

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US Has a “Recessionary Hangover” According to Greenbiz 2012 Report

US Has a “Recessionary Hangover” According to Greenbiz 2012 Report

Greenbiz.com recently released their free, downloadable “State of Green Business 2012″ report and some of the statistics are quite surprising. The report begins by explaining the

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