When it comes to imagining apocalyptic dwellings, Croatian artist Filip Filković has brought a unique perspective to the table. Drawing inspiration from the well-known furniture brand IKEA, he has crafted an intriguing catalog of nuclear bunkers, showcasing his versatility in both film and design.
The bunkers, bearing names reminiscent of IKEA’s nomenclature like Kärnkupol, Skänk, and Bandrumsskåp, are meticulously detailed in the catalog. Each set is accompanied by a price tag and description, with the costs ranging from 2 million euros for a complete bunker to 12 euros for a photo frame, a sentimental piece to preserve memories of a pre-apocalyptic world.
Filković’s designs embody a peculiar blend of the 1950s and 60s furniture styles with modern elements. Even though the aesthetic is decidedly retro, modern appliances such as ovens and televisions find their place in these imagined dwellings. Other details, including doors, lamps, and faucets, contribute to the authentic mid-century look, while cathode ray tube televisions and soft-curved furniture ensure comfort and safety.
Filković’s project, realized in collaboration with Midjourney, does more than just present an artistic vision of functional bunkers. The spacious layouts and curious details, including wall clocks, paintings, and an excess of towels, add a touch of whimsy and humanity to these shelters. Despite their absurdity, these details hint at the comforts of home – a touch that would undoubtedly be appreciated during a long-term stay in such a bunker.