Events & Collaborations

Events & Collaborations

In the works

The Furniture Society - Fall 2021

Furniture Society programming advances the art of furni­ture making by inspir­ing creativ­ity, promot­ing excel­lence, and foster­ing an under­stand­ing of this art and its place in society. Stay tuned!

Circularity in Furniture & Furnishings - SFC Interest Group

mebl is excited to be part of this Interest Group of the Sustainable Furnishings Council.

2021

The Circular Economy and Circularity: Unpacking Furniture and Beyond - June 2 

This session dived into circular approaches to keeping furniture and other products in use through sharing, renting, reselling and Extended Producer Responsibility. Can Circularity solve issues of waste, deforestation, toxicity, and working conditions?

This session was co-sponsored by mebl | Transforming Furniture and UrbisEco, and was a part of the NEXT Economy Live Series hosted by American Sustainable Business Council-Social Venture Circle. [WATCH RECORDING HERE]

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NYCxDESIGN's Design Days - May 13 to 18

mebl was a part of NYCxDESIGN's Design Days showcasing NYC’s talented design community.

> Watch our webinar on Design Fuels Recovery: Furniture in a More Sustainable, Equitable and Healthier NYC. [WATCH RECORDING HERE]

> 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. [LISTEN HERE]

> Read our series of 6 Lightning Interviews: On Sustainability. These brief, fun, written interviews ran each morning in NYCxDESIGN's e-newsletter during Design Days. [Ennead Architects, Alfalfa Studios, Propagation Park, Kouros Maghsoudi, In Good Taste, FALLEN INDUSTRY]

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Earth Day 2021 Virtual Festival - April 19

mebl joined Earth Day Initiative in the Earth Day 2021 Virtual Festival, a dynamic virtual reality space where environmental organizations and attendees came together to learn, connect and engage in new climate solutions. At the the mebl booth we focused on our vision for sustainability through reclamation. 

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Taking Circularity to Scale: The Future of Furniture - March 24

> As part of Circular City Week New York 2021, mebl | Transforming Furniture, in partnership with the Sustainable Furnishings Council, sponsored a panel that explored multiple facets of what it means for furniture companies to scale up in the circular economy — including rental, reclaiming, repair, social equity, and full circle systems — to rethink the furniture world. [WATCH RECORDING HERE]

> We were also invited by the Consulate General of Denmark to make a presentation to Danish design and furniture companies 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.   

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ReDesign Day: Creative Approaches to Furniture & Waste - March 3

During ReFashion Week NYC 2021, we curated a new track on sustainability and furniture - ReDesign Day. We challenged 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.

> Driving Sustainability in Furniture and Design: Join the Change! [WATCH RECORDING HERE]

> Dressers, Dresses and Dressing: What Can Sustainable Furniture, Fashion and Food Learn from Each Other? [WATCH RECORDING HERE]

2020

Wood Furniture Scorecard

Awarded Top Scorer for second year in a row in this joint initiative by the Sustainable Furnishings Council and the National Wildlife Federation.

Sustainability Essentials: Update

Awardee and panelist on webinar sponsored by the Sustainable Furnishings Council.

Maker Monday, An ASPIRE Design and Home Exclusive Interview

Mona Chun - mebl's Chief Operating Officer - explains her ambition to create a sustainability revolution in the furniture industry.

Circular City Week New York

Panelist for Circular Furniture and Materials in the Design Environment, a webinar sponsored by Laurence Carr Design.

Moxy East Village Hotel, NYC

mebl / Transforming Furniture facilitated artisan Michael Sanzone's commission to outfit the lobby of this new Marriott Bonvoy facility (see photo).

2019

Wood Furniture Scorecard

Awarded Top Scorer in this joint initiative by the Sustainable Furnishings Council and the National Wildlife Federation.

Intl Contemporary Furniture Fair

Selected as panelist for ICFF's "Artisans of Influence" panel, and as exhibitor for Luxe Interiors + Designs Lounge.

Social Venture Circle

Hosted pair of networking and educational receptions as lead-up to SVC's The NEXT Economy Conference.

Voice of America

Featured in This is New York series for Russian-speakers on entrepreneurship and artisanry in the United States.

Hamed Ouattara

Hosted month-long residency for reclaimed-metal furniture artisan Hamed Ouattara, from Burkina Faso, West Africa (see photo).

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2017 & 2018

ChaShaMa

Selected for Beautiful Furniture Reimagined, a pop-up showroom at 7 East 14th Street, New York; show extended from six months to two years.

Brooklyn Designs

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.

ChaShaMa

Selected for Re-imagining! Old Wood > Beautiful New Furniture, a pop-up at Atlantic and Vanderbilt avenues, Brooklyn. Our month-long showroom highlighted original reclaimed furniture by 90 artisans (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) Broken Skateboard & Epoxy Stool Woby Design, originally busted decks from Los Angeles. 4) Public School Desk Bien Hecho, originally Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn following Hurricane Sandy. 5) Wood Antique Console BEYT 2B Design. 6) Moxy Welcome Desk Michael Sanzone Studio, originally whiskey barrels from Glennfiddish Distillery in Scotland. 7) Dounan Chair and 8) Jimena Cabinet Hamed Ouattara, originally oil barrels in Burkina Faso, West Africa.