We focus on transformation — systems change to embed circularity as a core value and set of practices across the furniture industry.
Our partners are practitioners and decision-makers — in companies, organizations, universities, campaigns and networks — similarly eager to advance just and regenerative principles in furniture. We carry out our work through three primary sets of activities —
• producing educational programming, including interactive webinars and in-person workshops
• creating knowledge tools, such as glossaries, informative articles and other online content
• highlighting innovations in circular furniture, through installations, interactive exhibits, and company and artisan profiles
We emphasize change through business strategy, policy advocacy, and design practice, and facilitate knowledge-sharing across fields.
Aiming more broadly
Founded in 2015 in Brooklyn (New York), mebl | Transforming Furniture originated in elevating a diverse community of talented reclaimed artisans who build new high-quality furniture out of old wood, metal, plastic, and other materials. Alongside our passion for reclamation, we're now aiming more broadly to catapult principles and practices of the circular economy to the forefront of the furniture ecosystem.
Introducing our team:
• Michael Hirschhorn, Founder & CEO (Brooklyn, NY)
• Mona Chun, Chief Catalyst - Program & Strategy (Brooklyn, NY)
• Simonil Rustomji, Chief Catalyst - Planning & Finance (Mumbai, India)
• Rakel Tanibajeva, Associate - Marketing & Operations (Queens, NY)
"mebl" means furniture
Our founder’s immigrant grandmother’s first language was Yiddish. She was born into a worn and fraying past in the old country. Through vision and strength of character, Grandma Amelia transformed opportunity into a beautiful, meaningful life for herself and her family in the United States in the early 20th century.
M – B – L are the root letters for the word “furniture” in at least 32 languages around the world:
Haitian Creole: mèb
and Yiddish: mebl