Our story

Can we make furniture which comes together without screws, fasteners or tools? Our answer is yes without compromise.

Our furniture is practical, easy to reassemble and strong. It can return to its flat-pack state for storage or transportation and be reassembled when needed — a major benefit for urban dwellers living in tight spaces and needing flexibility.

It is durable and sustainable, being made of high-quality materials sourced in Europe where ecological certification and ethical labour can be ascertained. Our wood furniture in particular is plastic-free and metal-free, and so is our packaging.

It is designed in the UK by Jflemay Architecture and Design, made in the European Union and covered by design patents in multiple countries.

Without Screws began in 2013 when Jean-François C. Lemay, a Canadian architect then working for Sir Norman Foster’s office in London, drew tables made of parts which locked together.

“I realised it was possible to use the table top as a spring, where the legs could click into a locked position.”

After producing dozens of prototypes, he registered design patents and exhibited them in Milan at the 2019 Salone del Mobile, in the SaloneSatellite area for designers under 35. He drew crowds to his kiosk by continuously assembling a coffee table, standing on it and then taking it apart. The magazine Elle Decor Italia selected him as one of the top 7 young designers of the fair.

In the summer of 2019, Jean-François left Foster and Partners to found Jflemay Architecture and Design, an office in London developing Without Screws in parallel with architectural projects.

  • 2013, Perspex coffee table

  • 2014, lamp designs

  • 2015, plywood coffee table

  • 2015, plywood shelving

  • 2015, chair

  • 2015, Corian coffee table

  • 2016, aluminium coffee table

  • 2019, exhibition at Salone

  • 2019, initial manufacturing

  • 2019, exhibition at Rinascente

  • 2021, manufacturing

  • 2022, products in stock