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
ANIMAL WALL: Deluxe Apartments For Birds and Bats

ANIMAL WALL: Deluxe Apartments For Birds and Bats

You don’t often hear about a wall being an object of desire, but that is exactly what Gitta Gschwendtner’s Animal Wall is for residents of all species in Cardiff Bay, UK. This 50-meter wall

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Does Pollution Actually Fight Global Warming?

Does Pollution Actually Fight Global Warming?

At first listen, it sounds like something that would go against the core beliefs of any eco-expert, but recent research shows that air polluted skies are helping plants to reduce global warming.

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GREEN RANT: Stop Sending me Phone Books!

GREEN RANT: Stop Sending me Phone Books!

Inspiration for this rant landed on doorsteps in my area a few weeks ago, and has been sitting there, becoming increasingly soggy and unsightly ever since. Digging around the internet I found

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SNUGGLES: Stay in a Modular Hamster Tunnel Hotel

SNUGGLES: Stay in a Modular Hamster Tunnel Hotel

This modular, mobile Snuggles hotel allows you to shack up in pods for an artsy camping experience not dissimilar to staying in oversized hamster cage tunnels. The project crosses the boundaries

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Recycled Skateboard Stools Transform Thrashed Boards to Treasure

Recycled Skateboard Stools Transform Thrashed Boards to Treasure

Skateboards these days are amazing examples of graphic design, and some are practically objets d'art - what a shame that they should to go to a landfill after the boards have lost their pop!

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EDIBLE ART: Biodegradable Bowls Made From Vegetables

EDIBLE ART: Biodegradable Bowls Made From Vegetables

Dutch artist Geke Wouters has created a stunning collection of paper-thin bowls made from carrots, peppers, beet root, leeks, tomatoes, and other vegetables. Each delicate piece of edible art is

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Clever Lids Convert Tin Cans Into Stylish Containers

Clever Lids Convert Tin Cans Into Stylish Containers

Not since the advent of the tin can telephone have we seen such an ingenious use for cast-off cans! Designer and recent graduate of Northumbria University Jack Bresnahan has created a set of

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Cassette Tape Lamps Add Warm Analog Glow to Any Room

Cassette Tape Lamps Add Warm Analog Glow to Any Room

Although they may hold nostalgic value for some, cassette tapes are bulky, have poor sound quality, lack large format album artwork, and a stacked up collection of them just doesn’t have the

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Ubico Studio’s Quirky Legged Cabinets Made From Reclaimed Wood

Ubico Studio’s Quirky Legged Cabinets Made From Reclaimed Wood

If you are looking for a cabinet that is every bit as interesting as the trinkets that it contains, search no further. Open since April 2008, Tel Aviv-based Ori Ben-zvi's Ubico Studio gives the

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Are Ocean Societies the New Frontier for Sustainable Living?

Are Ocean Societies the New Frontier for Sustainable Living?

Could the middle of the ocean offer sustainable dwelling places for mankind in the future? Estonian architect Marko Järvela of Hirvesoo Arhitektibüroo, winner of the aesthetics category in the

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World Wildlife Fund Builds Carbon Neutral Headquarters

World Wildlife Fund Builds Carbon Neutral Headquarters

The World Wildlife Fund has been making huge waves in the environmental movement since it was established five decades ago, and is now taking its mission yet another step further by applying it

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Philadelphia Rag Factory Converted to Eco-Innovative Residences

Philadelphia Rag Factory Converted to Eco-Innovative Residences

The tightly-knit family of designers and innovators at the Onion Flats collective is raising the bar on innovation for Philadelphia architecture. They have discovered that by taking over the

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Transformable LED Trask Lights from MIO

Transformable LED Trask Lights from MIO

Philadelphia-based design team MIO has upped the ante for end-user creativity yet again with the introduction of their first LED light fixture. Called Trask because it can switch from being

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Volume by Test Collective: Eco Storage for Your Vinyl Records

Volume by Test Collective: Eco Storage for Your Vinyl Records

When we first spotted this lovely piece by Test Collective at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, we were quite taken with the streamlined form and minimalistic look. The unit is

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Woven Palm Leaf Vava Lamp from IKEA

Woven Palm Leaf Vava Lamp from IKEA

Ikea showcased its brand new PS Collection at this weekend's International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and one of our favorite designs on display was this beautiful pendant lamp made from

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Uhuru Scrap Metal Stoolen

Uhuru Scrap Metal Stoolen

The passionate Uhuru design team launched several new products at BKLYN Designs last week. It is hard to select a favorite from all of their sophisticated, yet quirky furniture designs, but we

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Levent & Romme’s Elegant Laser-Cut Paper Lamps

Levent & Romme’s Elegant Laser-Cut Paper Lamps

These wonderful patterned paper lamps from Brooklyn–based Levent & Romme really caught our eye at this year's BKLYN Designs show. Realized first as pen and ink illustrations, the

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Milan 2009: Euroluce Lighting Exhibition

Milan 2009: Euroluce Lighting Exhibition

We saw quite a few environmentally-conscious trends at the Milan Furniture Fair's bi-annual showcase of lighting products, Euroluce. With energy use in mind, LEDs showed up from almost every

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Milan 2009: Philips Debuts Ledino Lighting Collection

Milan 2009: Philips Debuts Ledino Lighting Collection

As part of the Euroluce exhibition at the Milan Furniture Fair, Royal Philips Electronics showcased a wide range of cutting edge LED lighting products. Our favorite designs on display were part

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MILAN 2009: The Best of Green Design

MILAN 2009: The Best of Green Design

The 2009 Milan Furniture Fair showcased an incredible assortment of furnishings, lighting, and housewares from all over the world, ranging from the well-established designers showcased in the

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MILAN 2009: Best of the Well Tech Awards

MILAN 2009: Best of the Well Tech Awards

The Well-Tech Awards are one of our favorite annual exhibitions at the Milan Furniture Fair, showcasing an assortment of innovative projects that push forward the realm of green design. The

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Crystal Furniture Grown by Tokujin Yoshioka

Crystal Furniture Grown by Tokujin Yoshioka

It is debatable whether Tokujin Yoshioka’s conceptual furniture is defining or defying nature, but there is no doubt that his crystal furniture will leave you awestruck. As part of his

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