The devil is in the detail, and traditional wooden joinery, be it butterfly or dovetail, can elevate wooden furniture design with an element of surprise. Here, we share our edit of contemporary wooden furniture featuring exciting joint design.

When creating his eponymous table for Hem, Max Lamb devised leg joints that set the legs flush into the tabletop, sturdily supporting its 200kg weight and visible as four simple squares on its surface.

Wooden furniture joinery details
Wooden furniture joinery details
Above, ‘Geo’ side table, from €3,795, by Christophe Delcourt, for Delcourt collection. Below, ‘Sands’ stool, part of the desert collection, price on request, by Hagit Pincovici, from Dimore Gallery. Photography: Richard Foster

Israeli designer Hagit Pincovici went for a more embellished approach, developing an aluminium foam which connects the wooden seat of her ‘Sands’ stool to its sandstone supports, while London-based Italian designer Martino Gamper opted for something more classic when designing his ‘Round & Square’ collection, which uses contrasting woods to make a feature of the good, old-fashioned V joint.

Bringing a bit of French fancy into the mix, Christophe Delcourt’s ‘Geo’ side tables are a lesson in lovely craftsmanship, with the top and bottom shaped to slip on top of one another, giving a geometric side-on view.

Wooden furniture joinery details
A detail of Jan Hendzel’s Bowater Sycamore Chest of Drawers, part of the Bowater collection, £5,500

Titled Bowater, Jan Hendzel ’s first full collection of furniture comprises 9 pieces, from large-scale storage furniture to trays and shelves. Hendzel’s designs explore a variety of British timbers, highlighting the wood’s rich diversity throughout the collection. The design is defined by a distinctive ripple motif, used both as a decorative element and as a functional aspect of the furniture’s modularity. Hendzel’s playful approach to the designs is evident in the way he played with different colours and textures, and the joinery throughout the collection demonstrates his craftsmanship sensibility. 

Mac Collins Benchmark chair
The Iklwa chair, designed by Mac Collins as a graduate project, is now available from Benchmark (price on request)

Another piece hitting the spot with an imaginative use of joints is Mac Collins’ Iklwa chair. Since its launch as a graduate project, the chair has since been acquired by Benchmark and included into the British company’s furniture collections, crafted in ash and oak. In the design of his piece, Collins eschewed traditional wooden joinery by creating a visually arresting and ingenious motif where the back and the armrest connect.

The chair, the designer explains, is the result of his investigation into ‘the forced migration of African people during the colonial era’, and its design references a throne with nods to Afrocentrism and Afrofuturism. Collins employed a composition of powerful, spear-like forms, as well as an encompassing backrest, to create a piece that is visually intense and empowering. §