Events & Collaborations
Events & Collaborations
In the works
We’ll team up with the Furniture Society to produce an evening of programming that advances the art of furniture making -- inspiring creativity, promoting excellence, and fostering an understanding of this art and its place in society. Stay tuned!
mebl is an active member of this group of business leaders and environmentally-focused organizations across the U.S. collaborating to tackle the waste crisis.
mebl is excited to be part of this group of furniture and furnishings industry professionals and companies seeking to incorporate circular principles into manufacturing and waste streams.
June 2, 2021
Next Economy Live Series
Can principles of circularity be harnessed to address widespread challenges in furniture and other fields -- issues such as waste, deforestation, toxicity, and poor working conditions?
Watch this session, which took a deep dive into circular approaches applicable to furniture and a range of industries -- Explore avenues such as low-waste production, new attention to renting and reselling, and policy initiatives including Extended Producer Responsibility. This webinar was co-sponsored by mebl | Transforming Furniture and UrbisEco, and was hosted by the American Sustainable Business Council - Social Venture Circle.
May 13 - 18, 2021
mebl | Transforming Furniture took part in three facets of NYCxDESIGN's Design Days, which showcases NYC’s talented and multi-facted design community:
> Watch our webinar -- ‘Design Fuels Recovery: Furniture in a More Sustainable, Equitable and Healthier NYC.’
> Listen to episode 7 of The Mic podcast on ‘Nurturing Nature,’ where mebl's CEO & Founder joins host Debbie Millman and interior designer Laurence Carr for a lively discussion.
> Read our series of six ‘Lightning Interviews: On Sustainability.’ These brief, fun, written interviews ran each morning in NYCxDESIGN's e-newsletter during Design Days.
April 19, 2021
We were proud to participate in Earth Day 2021’s Virtual Festival, a dynamic on-line space in which environmental organizations and attendees came together to learn about and engage in new climate solutions. mebl’s booth focused on our vision for sustainability in furniture-making through expanded use of reclaimed materials.
March 24, 2021
Circular City Week New York 2021
> In partnership with the Sustainable Furnishings Council, mebl convened a panel exploring multiple facets of what it would mean for the furniture industry to ‘go to scale’ in the circular economy. Watch this panel.
> We were invited by the Consulate General of Denmark to present to a group of Danish design and furniture companies who are exploring the US market. The goal was to provide first-hand insight into circular design trends in the US and the effect of the pandemic on consumers’ priorities.
March 3, 2021
ReFashion Week NYC 2021
We curated a first-time track on furniture and sustainability entitled, ReDesign Day as part of the Sanitation Foundation's ReFashion Week NYC. Our aim was to challenge New Yorkers to imagine a world in which all products -- including furniture -- are made, consumed, shared and remade sustainably! We hosted two virtual events, a game show, and a virtual marketplace.
> Watch ‘Driving Sustainability in Furniture and Design: Join the Change!’
> Watch ‘Dressers, Dresses and Dressing: What Can Sustainable Furniture, Fashion and Food Learn from Each Other?’
Awarded Top Scorer for second year in a row in this joint initiative by the Sustainable Furnishings Council and the National Wildlife Federation.
Awardee and panelist on webinar sponsored by the Sustainable Furnishings Council.
Mona Chun - mebl's Chief Operating Officer - explains her ambition to create a sustainability revolution in the furniture industry.
Panelist for Circular Furniture and Materials in the Design Environment, a webinar sponsored by Laurence Carr Design.
mebl / Transforming Furniture facilitated artisan Michael Sanzone's commission to outfit the lobby of this new Marriott Bonvoy facility (see photo).
Awarded Top Scorer in this joint initiative by the Sustainable Furnishings Council and the National Wildlife Federation.
Selected as panelist for ICFF's "Artisans of Influence" panel, and as exhibitor for Luxe Interiors + Designs Lounge.
Hosted pair of networking and educational receptions as lead-up to SVC's The NEXT Economy Conference.
Featured in This is New York series for Russian-speakers on entrepreneurship and artisanry in the United States.
Hosted month-long residency for reclaimed-metal furniture artisan Hamed Ouattara, from Burkina Faso, West Africa (see photo).
2017 & 2018
Selected for Beautiful Furniture Reimagined, an exhibit and showroom at Union Square, New York City; show extended from six months to two years.
Selected as exhibitor for the Design Knows No Borders trade show at Brooklyn Museum. Our booth featured work by 18 furniture-makers from across the borough.
Selected for Re-imagining! Old Wood > Beautiful New Furniture, a curated exhibit and pop-up in Brooklyn, NYC. The exhibit highlighted 90 artisans who are transforming reclaimed materials into beautiful original furniture (see photo).
"Validating the possibilities of sophisticated, recycled objects."
-- Design Indaba
Furniture featured, top to bottom: 1) Cahaya Dresser Zenporium, originally boat wood from South Asia. 2) Upcycled Vertical Cabinet Rupert Blanchard, originally old signs and concrete-form plywood from England. 3) Public School Desk Bien Hecho, originally Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn following Hurricane Sandy. 4) Wood Antique Console BEYT 2B Design. 5) Moxy Welcome Desk Michael Sanzone Studio, originally whiskey barrels from Glennfiddish Distillery in Scotland. 6) Dounan Chair and 7) Jimena Cabinet Hamed Ouattara, originally oil barrels in Burkina Faso, West Africa.