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 make the case for circularity in furniture. We're looking to advance our shared commitment to embedding just and regenerative principles into the fundamentals of the furniture field.
Our focus is on creating educational content and interactive exhibits, 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.
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.
"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
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.