Dating all the way back to Neolithic times, the mortise and tenon is the oldest wood joint known to mankind. While the specific provenance of the joint is unknown, I'm willing to bet the inventor wasn't a virgin. NSFWIn the thousands of years since, craftspeople have developed an almost absurd
Furniture Conoid Dining Table by George Nakashima. The sculptural lines of the conoid base suit a more free-form table top and book-matched boards. Meticulous craftsmanship on the base (particularly the joinery) meets the comparatively free-form, live-edged table top.
By Joyce Lin. A chair is dismembered and partitioned into clear plastic boxes. The superimposition of one chair form over another emphasizes both the joinery of its parts and the form as a whole, calling into question the idea/function of a chair versus its physical reality and ideas about material and permanence.