"LEwA Creative was formed by Lee Tripi and Kelly Fast to provide creative ideas to create a feeling in a space which is calm and meditative and provides a unique experience and pleasurable feeling. We want our customers to live everyday with awareness. "
Lee started his career as an apprentice at the design firm, Hunker and Associates in Cleveland. While in college at the University of Akron, he was trained in the trades from carpentry to tile and cabinet installation, to furniture design, space planning and hand drawing.
From that foundation, he moved to North Carolina in 1989 and established his studio, TRIG Modern, featuring kitchen and bath, furniture, lighting and original art. He continued his training in Italy with cabinet maker, Scavolini and worked with Berloni, and in the U.S. with Wood-Mode over his thirty year plus career, specializing in a classic modern aesthetic. With completed projects from the U.S. to The Midlands of Ireland and points in between, his creative expertise pays homage to balance, harmony among elements, and truth in materials- all used to infuse spaces with purpose, tranquility and a Zen like sensibility. Additionally, Lee has designed outdoor spaces, and structures such as sunroom/tea room additions, pergola and lanai and Japanese gardens. Having developed a fresh approach to southern style called, Carolina Modern, Lee transforms how we see our spaces, and shows us how to create a way of living that is simple, intentional and meditative.
His business has proliferated through long standing relationships and word-of-mouth lead referrals from those satisfied clients. Lee often says, “Be an advocate for your client, and your business will grow”. Lee has always believed strongly in collaboration and learning and sharing knowledge with industry colleagues and emerging talent.
Kelly grew up in the Northeast in a home devoted to modern simplicity where she developed an early appreciation for simple, clean, pure, uncluttered, and purposeful spaces. Kelly studied engineering and business, and spent the early part of her career working for corporations in various business management, project management, and business process improvement roles. She managed project schedules, budgets, customer satisfaction – all with a masterful attention to detail.
During further studies at Duke University, Kelly developed an interest in aging from a biopsychosocial perspective and believes that one’s space can also influence wellbeing. As our life expectancy from birth continues to increase in the US, we are spending more time in relationship with our spaces and are seeing an increased interest in aging in place. Good design can incorporate these elements.
Kelly has worked with Lee for many years on both sides of the creative process and is excited to bring these skills, along with a passion for organization and decluttering, to LEwA Creative clients.