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Thursday, January 26 • 9:00am - 9:15am
Keynote: Martin Keen

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Martin is best known as the founder and owner of Keen Footwear, a manufacturer of highly functional and comfortable outdoor footwear that also bears a distinctive design identity.   He is also the founder and owner of Keen Design Studio, an international design firm, as well as Focal Upright Furniture, a manufacturer of office furniture that provides ergonomic neutral-posture support. Both businesses are based in Rhode Island.
Martin will discuss the process of creating and building new products that did not exist, but which address an un-met need in society.

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Martin Keen

Co-Founder, Focal Upright
An innovative leader in industrial design, serial entrepreneur Martin Keen is the founderof the socially-conscious KEEN® Footwear and, more recently, the award-winning FocalUpright Furniture. His love of sculptural form, structures found in nature and competitivesailing inspire his design aesthetic, helping him create many of the market trends andinnovative products in use today. Originally from the UK, Martin holds a degree inIndustrial... Read More →

Thursday January 26, 2017 9:00am - 9:15am
Auditorium 3d Floor