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Green Design Furniture takes new direction

Doug Green, president of Green Design Furniture in Portland, Maine, announced in May that after 18 years of producing high-end custom furniture, he will now focus on developing new product and process designs for manufacturing and corporate clients. As a result, the company is currently winding down its manufacturing, catalog and retail operations.

"We are in discussion with several major American furniture manufacturers who are interested in licensing our intellectual property and design services. I'm very excited about the prospect of our designs reaching a broader audience while working to strengthen the position of American manufacturers in the global marketplace," says Green.

Green plans to attract companies by offering services based on a fastener-free assembly system he invented for making high-quality furniture in 1991. The patented system uses a series of precision-engineered self-locking joints cut directly into the wood parts, which eliminates the use of screws and glue.

As Green Design Furniture reinvents itself as a design firm, Green plans to continue prototyping new designs in his downsized Portland workshop and anticipates that he will be able to continue accepting individual orders for his original designs and custom commissions on a limited basis. He has scaled back his operation from four full-time employees to one.

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