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:

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