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Screw-Like Furniture by Carlo Contin

Italian designer Carlo Contin takes things back to the basics – to the simple screw. It’s a basic element that goes into making things and it’s available everywhere. We’ve all had the task of unscrewing something, seeing how it’s put together, and then reassembling it and this memory is what inspired Contin’s series of furniture called Avvitamenti, that’s Italian for “screwed”.

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The wooden components are simple and with the help of screw-like dowels, they become tables, stools, lamps, and shelves. The screw becomes a part of the structural system instead of just a part that holds two pieces together.

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Photos by Andrea Basile Studio.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.