About

About

Pivotal Moment

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We’re championing a future of furniture that is sustainable and circular. To accelerate this transformation, we’ve expanded our toolbox to help industry, design, media and advocacy networks shake up the conversation and lead by example. We're looking to advance our shared commitment to embedding regenerative principles into the fundamentals of the furniture field.

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Our focus is on creating educational content and displays, developing information resources, and facilitating cross-sector collaboration. Building on our roots in furniture reimagined from reclaimed materials, we're envisioning a future that rethinks the design, use, and business of furniture altogether. We prioritize equitable, healthy and resilient design.

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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 field.

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"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:

Albanian: mobilje
Azerbaijani: mebel
Belarusian: meblia
Bulgarian: mebeli
Catalan: mobles
Corsican: mobili
Danish: møbel
Dutch: meubilair
Esperanto: mebloj
Estonian: mööbel
Filipino: muwebles

French: meuble
Frisian: meubilêr
Galician: mobiliario
German: möbel
Haitian Creole: mèb
Indonesian: mebel
Italian: mobilia
Kyrgyz: mebel
Latvian: mebeles
Macedonian: mebel
Norwegian: møbler

Polish: meble
Portuguese: mobília
Romanian: mobila
Russian: mebel
Spanish: mueble
Swedish: möbel
Tajik: meBel
Turkish: mobilya
Ukranian: mebli
Uzbek: Mebel
and Yiddish: mebl

Furniture featured, top to bottom: 1) Sulok Sulatan Desk Benji Reyes, originally barges & bridges from The Philippines. 2) Upcycled Vertical Cabinet Rupert Blanchard, originally signs and concrete-form plywood from England. 3) Canal Gate Table Jan Hendzel Studio, originally lock gate in southern England.