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Green Design Founder Featured Breakfast Speaker

Story posted January 15, 1998

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Douglas Green, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1977 and founder of Green Design Furniture Co. Inc. in Portland, is the featured speaker at the next Bowdoin Business Breakfast, Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Daggett Lounge, Wentworth Hall, Coles Tower.

An inventor and entrepreneur, Green worked as a cabinetmaker, furniture designer and architectural light designer before forming his own company in 1993 and opening a showroom in 1994. His speech is titled "Invention and Entrepreneurial Ventures."

An English major who graduated cum laude, Green earned a master's degree in industrial design from the Pratt Institute in 1987. His company makes and markets upscale solid cherry furniture using a patented assembly process that requires no tools. His furniture is assembled through a system of interlocking joinery using a series of precision-cut slots. As each component slides into place, it secures the piece that was inserted before it. The final component acts as a key to lock the entire piece of furniture into a unified structure. Time magazine named his line one of the 10 "Best Designs of 1993."

Registration begins at 7:15. Seating in Daggett Lounge is limited to 160. Reservations are required. Send check for $8.50 (payable to "Bowdoin College") to Lynn Ensign, 4100 College Station, Bowdoin College, Brunswick ME 04011-8432 to arrive no later than Tuesday, Feb. 3. Parking near Coles Tower is limited. Please do not park in spaces reserved for Admissions Office visitors.

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