Bold-Design, a French firm started by product designers William Boujon and Julien Benayoun, developed this very unusual method of joining table legs. Behold the Trestle Twist:
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“The twist, a decorative motif par excellence in the art of forging, is here the generating element of the object,” the pair write. “The decorative and the support function merge.”
While this would bring a lot of challenges in mass- or even small-batch production, I’d love to see some more experimentation with the technique.