The Hide Table, designed by Eva Fly, takes its cues from the Paleo diet. Eating Paleo means consuming food similar to that which humans would have eaten when we first evolved. Designing Paleo, then, challenges the craftsperson to approximate Stone Age materials.

Fly herself uses oak and cowhide, echoing the wood and the wild ox pelt that early humans would have fashioned into tools and clothing. Her contemporary design applies these materials to a post-Paleo invention, the table, blending prehistorical inspiration with modern-day knowledge. According to traditional drum making methods, Fly bound the hide across the oak frame with leather cord. The hide and the leather, while not actually representing the “whole animal,” connect the design to the user’s steak dinner, encouraging mindful eating and, Fly hopes, respect for cattle and the process of design.