In early July, mebl | Transforming Furniture interviewed Waad El Hadidy. We explored the implications of today's tumultuous juncture on the worlds of design, furniture and sustainability. Waad, based in Brooklyn NY, is Design Director at a global hotel brand focused on environmental sustainability.
There are eight million stories in this besieged city, a few hopeful. We want to shine a light on one story of furniture-makers rising to action during the pandemic to volunteer to fabricate hundreds of face-shields for healthcare workers on the frontlines in New York City hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis.
One of the exciting aspects of working with a diverse range of furniture makers is learning about the inspiration and building process behind their products. With environmental sustainability and good design as a common thread, each approaches creativity in a unique way.
We love the stories behind the furniture as much as the products themselves. mebl | Transforming Furniture’s founder, Michael, listened intently as Capers Landrum Cauthen talked about his passion for reclaimed wood and how he first got into furniture building.
"My wish is inspiration from the City of New York," Hamed Ouattara approached us via email in summer 2019, "and to surprise myself with the objects and creations that emerge. I would like to rub shoulders with my Brooklyn surroundings!"