Computers might be taking over the world, but all anyone seems to want to design nowadays is stuff that would look right at home in Bedrock. Primitivism has returned, from stone shelves and rabbit sculptures to punching bags shaped like beef carcasses. Post Fossil, an exhibit at Issey Mikaye's 21_21 Design Sight space in Tokyo, compiles 190 objects from 71 designers who are looking waaaaaaaaaay back to plow a path into the future. We've got the scoop (and the artifacts) here.

P.S. I'm a Chair by Vincent Geraedts
Faux-rock furniture is all the rage, especially when it's supposed to be about something else. "The storm and the course of events in a storm are the base of the project," designer Johannes Hemann tells us of his Fridtjof table. Huh? Looks more like something from the set of Encino Man.
Jan Eric Visser has made a name for himself turning household trash into art work. Consider this sculpture -- a dead ringer for a woolly mammoth pelvis -- which was made out of two barbecues, a hubcap, a crash helmet, a fishing crate, some metal hoops, a lawn mower, branches, and recycled plastics. Hoarders: Take note!
Rockfusion from rock-star designer Arik Levy
BCXSY's 7 Stones shelving unit can store all kinds of crap: books, toys, whatever. Also convenient for re-enacting your favorite scene from Cliffhanger.
French designer Mathieu Le Guern uses raw earth from Brittany -- "ancestral material," in his telling -- to craft these lovely humidifier vessels.
Tanja Sæter's glass installations are inspired by microorganisms, the earliest form of life on earth.
Wieki Somers cast an old-school Chinese stool in aluminum, then covered it in lacquer, aping the seats, which everyone in Beijing, from street vendors to rickshaw drivers, modifies ad infinitum.
Post Fossil puts plenty of animals on display, but not the nice, floppy-eared ones that pad around our homes. This is a real blackbird stuffed without its plumage, then draped in black wool, as if it were some sort of avian Grim Reaper. By Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters
Studio-Re-Creation's White (Jack) Rabbit also responds to the name Frank and thinks you should torch your neighbor's home.
Emiel van Boekel's Artificial Mammoth seems innocent enough -- a nice, comfortable-looking beanbag chair (which happens to partly hang from the ceiling)...
...In fact, it has mock intestines and skin, so that it can be butchered. According to van Boekel, "The "slaughter" symbolises our natural inheritance, how men once had to conquer to survive and shape his world."
Oh, but it gets grosser. Remember the scene in Rocky, where Sly Stallone punches the bejesus out of cold beef carcasses? Now you, too, can beat the meat. Punching bag by Georg Panther