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
Design Website Groopti Unveils Museum Quality Cardboard Furniture Series

Design Website Groopti Unveils Museum Quality Cardboard Furniture Series

Groopti was conceptualized by long time friends Duri Chitayat and Adam Wihlborg and grew out of strong partnerships with quality low-volume manufactures formed through their previous careers.

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Tree Cards by Seed Our Future Help Businesses Plant Trees Around the World

Tree Cards by Seed Our Future Help Businesses Plant Trees Around the World

In a happy marriage of brand marketing and global restoration efforts, Tree Cards are a way for a business to encourage clients and customers to help developing communities become

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Data Garden Debuts World’s First Plantable Music

Data Garden Debuts World’s First Plantable Music

The innovative digital musicians from the Data Garden label are giving fans an alternative to wasteful vinyl EPs, by offering downland codes embedded on seed paper. Digital music in inherently

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Dirtt’s Modular Wall System Creates Endless Possibilities for Eco Interiors

Dirtt’s Modular Wall System Creates Endless Possibilities for Eco Interiors

DIRTT Environmental Solutions has created a modular wall system that minimizes construction waste, is easily reconfigurable, and serves as a platform for plug and play sustainable furnishings.

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Furniture and More Made from Recycled Paper and Bovine Waste!

Furniture and More Made from Recycled Paper and Bovine Waste!

With the ability to be transformed into furniture, signage, displays and more, Ecor is an amazing moldable material made from recycled cardboard, old newsprint, and a variety of fibers,

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Power Pipe Saves Energy by Warming Incoming Water With Waste Heat

Power Pipe Saves Energy by Warming Incoming Water With Waste Heat

Power Pipe is a brilliant, easy-to-install heat exchanger that can save a bundle on home energy costs by using hot drain water to heat incoming cold water. Statistics from the U.S.

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Top Green Products Found at Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto

Top Green Products Found at Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto

Modlet plugs into any 120 outlet to monitor and transmit energy usage data to your home computer. Its an easy, inexpensive ways to track your efficiency habit using software supplied by Modlet's

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Pop-Up ReBoard Seating Turns Any Setting Into a Cozy Lounge Space

Pop-Up ReBoard Seating Turns Any Setting Into a Cozy Lounge Space

Ruben der Kinderen’s eco-friendly benches and chairs can create the ultimate pop-up lounge practically anywhere you can carry them. A recent graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, Kinderen

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Universal Display Unveils the Most Efficient OLED Kitchen Lights Ever Produced

Universal Display Unveils the Most Efficient OLED Kitchen Lights Ever Produced

The team at Universal Display Corporation recently unveiled prototypes of a sleek, modular OLED kitchen light that blows away a set of environmental specifications proposed in a challenge funded

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Crowd-Sourced Approval for the Watson Desk Means No Factory Waste

Crowd-Sourced Approval for the Watson Desk Means No Factory Waste

The UK based, small-batch production company Made.com saves resources by producing only what consumers really want, like the Watson desk, a design that is backed up by high web approval ratings.

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Incredible Pendant Lamp Made From 270 Playing Cards

Incredible Pendant Lamp Made From 270 Playing Cards

This year we have seen many examples of household objects turned into spectacular lamps, but we have added appreciation for the calculations needed to making this perfect math puzzle. From an

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Solar OLED Tiles Transform Skyscrapers Into Zero-Energy Displays

Solar OLED Tiles Transform Skyscrapers Into Zero-Energy Displays

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nhgzW1qBHc&feature The tile concept was developed by industrial designer Meidad Marzan for his graduation project at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.

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Shift Design’s Versatile Flat Pack Outdoor Products Modernize Your Garden

Shift Design’s Versatile Flat Pack Outdoor Products Modernize Your Garden

Philadelphia-based Shift_Design has created a family of eco-friendly outdoor products that will have modern design lovers drooling. Their collection of urban garden planters, rain collectors,

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Chicago’s New Mayor Makes Major Headway for the City’s Recycling Program

Chicago’s New Mayor Makes Major Headway for the City’s Recycling Program

It’s hard to believe, but less than half of Chicago's residents currently have access to the city's recycling service. A program initiated in 2008 gave blue carts to a third of city residents

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Artists Build Sustainable Residency Studios to Protect Forested Island in Great Lakes

Artists Build Sustainable Residency Studios to Protect Forested Island in Great Lakes

Taking over an island for an artists' residency may sound totally unreal, but that's exactly what makes the efforts of Rob Gorski and Andrew Ranville all the more fantastic! Just over a year

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Minneapolis Repair Kiosks Help You Service Your Bike on the Fly

Minneapolis Repair Kiosks Help You Service Your Bike on the Fly

Minneapolis cyclists now have a solution for making minor tweaks and fixing flats in a pinch with Bike Fixation kiosks. Open until midnight 365 days a year, this green startup by Alex Anderson

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The Best Green Designs from NeoCon 2011!

The Best Green Designs from NeoCon 2011!

Turnstone is a modern and youthful brand from Steelcase office furnishings. Their newest office system includes bent sheet metal bike and skateboard storage racks complete with coat hooks, and

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Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Part of an effort to empower residents in their Chicago neighborhood, long time friends Jeff Munie and Bill Vassilakis conceptualized a mobile, participatory research center that will capture

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Upcycled Booklight Gives New Life to Discarded Literature

Upcycled Booklight Gives New Life to Discarded Literature

Dutch architect Anja Verdonk juxtaposes the oldest forms of printed text with high-tech lighting technology in her LED ‘Booklight” hanging lamps. Ranging from classic novels, to comic books

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Dazzling Storm Cloud of Light Born from Ordinary Pot Scrubbers

Dazzling Storm Cloud of Light Born from Ordinary Pot Scrubbers

Trained in architecture, ceramics, and interior design, Daisuke Hiraiwa's talents clearly shine in his sculptural “A Cloudy Day” lampshade crafted from metallic scouring pads. By using

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Deckstool Rolls Out Recycled Skateboard Bottle Openers

Deckstool Rolls Out Recycled Skateboard Bottle Openers

For years, Pennsylvania-based craftsman Jason Podlaski has been transforming broken skateboards into clean-lined furniture with punchy graphics. So when we caught word that his company,

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Dual-Purpose Coat Check Chair Is a Clever Seating Solution

Dual-Purpose Coat Check Chair Is a Clever Seating Solution

Social gatherings always give way to coats messily thrown on chairs. To inspire guests to hang their coats properly, Joey Zeledón has made the experience engaging by displaying the hangers.

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UPenn Students Create Super High-Tech Motion Powered Alpha Bike

UPenn Students Create Super High-Tech Motion Powered Alpha Bike

A group of five students from the University of Pennsylvania have quite possibly created the world’s most technologically advanced bicycle. Over the course of a year, this genius crew

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DIY TV Shelves: Transform Your Television Into Something Useful

DIY TV Shelves: Transform Your Television Into Something Useful

It's a well-known fact that the rapid pace of technological progress results in a tremendous amount of outdated computers, TV's and other electronics, so we love to see creative solutions for

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PEGA’s Revolutionary Paper Alloy Can be Used to Create Consumer Electronics

PEGA’s Revolutionary Paper Alloy Can be Used to Create Consumer Electronics

On show this week at the Milan Furniture Fair are PEGA consulting group’s remarkable prototypes made with their new and revolutionary biodegradable, recyclable and reusable material. Able to

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The Best Green Products from the 2011 International Housewares Show

The Best Green Products from the 2011 International Housewares Show

This potato brush by Full Circle infuses an everyday object with a lot of personality! It is specially designed to fit in the palm and has a unique corer tool to quickly and easily remove potato

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Samsung Unveils Solar-Powered Zero Energy Transparent TV

Samsung Unveils Solar-Powered Zero Energy Transparent TV

Samsung just unveiled an amazing new solar-powered LCD television that can operate completely free from the power grid! The 46″ prototype TV, shown at CeBit in Germany, includes solar

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Yellow Pages Finally Launches Phone Book Opt-Out Website

Yellow Pages Finally Launches Phone Book Opt-Out Website

The YPA is calling the site the National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt-Out Site, because it allows you to opt out of all books or choose to receive selected books. I clicked through

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Meco’Press Machine Makes LEGO Building Bricks From Mud

Meco’Press Machine Makes LEGO Building Bricks From Mud

Perrocheau told Inhabitat that one of his goals is to have the presses operational in Haiti in the near future. Concerns about portability and global shipment are addressed in the lightweight

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