For more than 30 years, Tom Newhouse has been designing furniture, lighting, and other products as the owner/principal of an industrial design consulting firm located in western Michigan. Prior to 1978, he was a member of the corporate design staff of Herman Miller, Inc.

Tom works primarily in the areas of home and office furniture, lighting, kitchen cabinetry, and major appliance design, with an emphasis on environmentally sustainable TJN-SBF-NewGreenRoofPicturedesign practice. He currently holds over 90 design and utility patents. Tom lectures to professional design societies and universities internationally on the topic of environmentally sustainable design and his “Four Corners” design philosophy.

Aesthetics. Products should be aesthetically appealing. Sustainability. Products should be durable, having the lowest possible environmental impact in their manufacture and use, and should include a roadmap for their re-use or recycling. Ergonomics. Products should be intuitively functional, ergonomic, and safe. Economy. Products should be cost-effective/affordable.

Tom has been a dedicated environmentalist since graduating from the University of Michigan in 1972. In 1978 he designed and personally built his own passive solar, earth sheltered, low energy consumption residence and design studio, that won a national design award from the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development and Environmental Protection Agency.

Thomas J. Newhouse-Design
O- 10923 2nd Ave
Grand Rapids, MI 49534-6753

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