Tom Newhouse (2015)
For more than 35 years Tom Newhouse has been designing furniture, lighting, major appliances, and other products as the owner/principal of an industrial design firm in western Michigan, Thomas J. Newhouse Design. Prior to 1978 he was a member of the corporate design staff at Herman Miller Inc. He holds a degree in industrial design from the University of Michigan.
Tom currently works primarily in the areas of office furniture and LED lighting, with an emphasis on environmentally sustainable design practice and the development of “Cradle to Cradle” industrial design techniques, where the concept of waste is eliminated in a Circular Economic model. He currently holds over 90 design and utility patents. He has been a member of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum since 1996, and is a past-president.