BLESS. Celebrating 25 Years of Always Stress with BLESS N°42–N° 74
2022 marked the 25th anniversary of BLESS. Since 1997, Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag have been working together on numerous transdisciplinary projects. Dubbing themselves ‘situation designers,’ their products blend fashion, art, design, architecture, business and social practice, always aiming to create an equilibrium between mental and physical exertion. Driven by the ambition to create objects for everyday use, BLESS defines her practice and products as a way of life—based on the firm belief that one can shape life today in a way that creates a future worth living in.
The third publication of the Paris and Berlin based designers is one of the three outcomes of the project A Year with… BLESS N° 72 BLESSlet, with which KW Institute for Contemporary Art honored the anniversary. The publication encompasses BLESS’s collection and projects from 2010 until 2022, with written reflections on their innovative and witty work by Douglas Fogle & Hanneke Skerath, Anna Gritz & Krist Gruijthuijsen, Nakako Hayashi, Tom McCarthy and Jeppe Ugelvig.
The publication was made possible with generous support by Federal Ministry Republic of Austria for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport.
A Year with… BLESS N° 72 BLESSlet was produced in collaboration with Phileas – The Austrian Office for Contemporary Art. It was supported by Kvadrat.