Without the use of a single IKEA hex tool, French artist/prankster Benedetto Bufalino has put together a “fake” IKEA catalogue where all the familiar furnishings and accessories are made entirely out of cardboard. We’re not sure the Kvist Eivor cushion will be quite as comfy as the cloth version, but it sure looks similar.
French artist Benedetto Bufalino hosted public workshops where people could help him make all the pieces that feature in his “FAKE” catalogue; every cupboard, cushion and couch is made completely to scale.
Since the actual IKEA catalogues use an amalgamation of computer-generated images and real-life photography, this project could be seen as an exploration of what is real and what isn’t when it comes to the chairs and tables we choose to surrounded ourselves with.
Happy people are seen preparing a meal in a “FAKE” kitchen, complete with a backsplash, wall art and running water. Honestly, if this were a real kitchen, we’d be pretty excited to be cooking in it.
We’re not sure we’d get much work done in this home office…it’d be hard to get down to work when the chair we just sat on buckled under our average human weight. But the red and purple file folders really do add a nice splash of colour to the fake room.
Known for his wacky art installations (Bufalino once turned an apartment into a tennis court) it isn’t that surprising that this French artist would take on this ambitious project, what is surprising is how good the entire “FAKE” IKEA catalogue looks.