Our Story

Simbly Sustainable Furniture Our Story

About Simbly

We believe great design and environmental sustainability can come together to improve our lifestyles and bring them into balance with nature.

We manufacture streamlined, minimalist furniture made entirely of 100% sustainably harvested, FSC certified wood. Our factory is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just down the road from our headquarters in Asheville, North Carolina.

While we are a mission-based company with deeply held values about protecting the planet and supporting our local economy, we also believe in delivering great products at an attractive value.

That's why we developed our direct-to-consumer business model. There are no hidden wholesale or distributor markups in our prices.

Instead, we ship our products directly from our factory to you, cutting out the middle man, and passing you the savings.

So now your earth-is-flat uncle has no more excuses for not shopping sustainably. :)

After all, the world doesn’t have to be people vs planet, when it can be people and planet. 

 

Simbly Co-Founder & CEO

Josh Dorfman at Factory

Above: Co-Founder Josh Dorfman at Simbly's furniture factory 

Josh Dorfman is an award-winning environmental entepreneur, author, and media personality. He is perhaps best known as the Creator and Host of The Lazy Environmentalist reality TV show on Sundance Channel, radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio, and book series helping consumers discover easy, stylish, and convenient ways to live sustainably.

Josh also launched and led Vine.com, a natural and organic product e-commerce retailer backed by Amazon. He was Vice-President of Marketing for GoodGuide, a "Fast Company 50" tech company creating radical transparency in consumer products to illuminate their health, environmental, and ethical performance. He developed the green product standards for other major e-commerce retailers including Diapers.com, Soap.com, and Wag.com.

Josh's first eco-friendly furniture company, Vivavi, was named to Inc. Magazine's first-ever "Green 50" as a pioneer accelerating the green economy. For his work over the course of his sustainability career, Josh was inducted into the inaugural class of the International Green Industry Hall of Fame. 

As a sustainable lifestyle expert, Josh has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including Morning Joe, Fox & Friends, and NPR's All Things Considered. Fun fact: Josh is the only guest to have ever ridden bicycle onto the set of the Martha Stewart Show.

Our Origin Story

Original Knock-Down Drag-Out Dining Table

Above: Christopher Douglas's award-winning dining table from 2006, now reintroduced as the Simbly Dining Table (new Simbly version is the top image on this page).

In 2013, Josh moved to Asheville, North Carolina to launch a new sustainable venture. But soon after arriving, he was recruited by Asheville’s economic development people to grow the city’s entrepreneurial startup community.

A few years later, Josh and a local entrepreneur were discussing furniture-making possibilities in Western North Carolina, a region with a proud heritage of world-class furniture manufacturing.

That conversation sparked the inkling of an idea that prompted Josh to reach out to Christopher Douglas, an award-winning, multidisciplinary designer.

Christopher Douglas Simbly Furniture

Above: Christopher Douglas, Co-Founder and Creative Director

Like Josh, Christopher also founded a modern sustainable furniture company (Material Furniture) in the mid-2000s. His designs proved so innovative and popular, the Cooper Hewitt selected them for inclusion in its prestigious National Design Triennial.

Time Magazine named to Christopher to its Style & Design 100 list of the most of the most imaginative and influential designers in the world. 

Though Josh and Christopher hadn't spoken in years, they realized they still shared the same urgency and passion for timeless, well-designed, eco-friendly furniture.

They created a plan to relaunch several of the Knock-Down Drag-Out collection's products (see the dining table, bench, and coffee table) as the foundation for a new furniture company.

The result is Simbly.

Today, we're a young company with big ambitions. We're just getting started.

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Simbly is a member of 1% For The Planet, meaning we donate 1% of our revenue to environmental causes. Through out partnership with One Tree Planted, we plant one tree for every furniture product sold.

1% For The Planet Simbly Furniture

 

Simbly is a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, a coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers dedicated to raising awareness and expanding the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices across the home furnishings industry.

Simbly Member Sustainable Furnishings Council

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