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Postby germinal » Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:30 pm

longpleat or ultrawidepleat?
was this in BLESS Berlin? what's it like
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby sknss » Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:23 pm

ultrawidepleat.

no, i think the actual bless apartment is by appointment only. it was in a store that stocked cosmic wonder as well. the address is Mulackstrasse 34. they have no sign and no name, it's just white. they also had the tapestry vest, neon green pants and the brush with hair (so fun)
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:03 pm

awesome! you should def go if you have the chance. take some pics
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby Syeknom » Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:59 pm

buy buy buy!
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby sknss » Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:47 pm

the "by appointment only" policy really sucks though. it's like "ring before entering". as if they didn't want anyone to come in
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:12 pm

you've got nothing to lose >(smiling)
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby sknss » Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:19 pm

yeah i sent them an email.
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby Syeknom » Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:23 am

LN-CC are appointment only as well, right? Such a lame way to have a cool shop. Good luck with it sknss!
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby sknss » Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:01 am

ah it's actually not that bad:

its open on thursdays and fridays from 4-8pm.
Or by appointment.
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby Syeknom » Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:27 am

Oh that's quite good of them. Same deal with the SEH Kelly workshop - open at weekends or by appointment.
I just took a look at the shop/stockists page of their website:

with possible happy exceptions and bed & breakfast in the future.


How strange and sweet!

Next time I'm in antwerp I'm going to check out RA who seem to have a couple of bless items including the knitted ankle boot.
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby sknss » Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:37 pm

i'm going to the shop tomorrow. if there's anything you'd like me to ask or whatever, lmk
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby hunnish » Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:53 pm

If you could, pics/prices of the down tops (geisha, wood, etc.). So cool.
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:55 am

N°06 Customizable Footwear

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Consisting of he soles attached to a square of special self-adhesive fabric, which is cut and wrapped around the wearers foot to create the shoe. The myriad end results are "independent of the producers imagination"

http://www.bless-service.de/BLESS_new/N ... lfinal.pdf

High heels (with Charles Jordan), trainers (with New Balance)

Limited edition of 250 chances

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it was at this time that BLESS was also sold in the Parisian boutique Colette for the first time. The manager of Colette had been one of only three people who responded to the original fur wigs advertisements (the others being Margiela and a lady who wanted one to wear when she skied). in Colette BLESS presented an early retrospective alongside the customisable shoes: past products were suspended above the customers, and lifesize photographs of people wearing BLESS products were plastered to the floor and walls

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two japanese designers trying on the shoes
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:45 am

a write-up from ANDAM Fashion Awards, whose prize BLESS won in 1999 and 2004
The (incomplete) ABC’s of BLESS
A. As in “Anonymous”. They are nearly anonymous themselves, but it’s a quality they like in people and things: ordinary, but with something special, a distinctive quality of their own. “A” is also for “Austrian”: half of the Bless duo, Desiree Heiss, was born in Austria in 1971. Her partner Ines Kaag came into the world one year earlier across the border in Germany.
B. As in “Bless”, of course. In fact, the origin of their label was blessed by serendipity. “Bless” was the name of a bakery that they walked by every day, and it reminded them of the German word “blessur”, which means a spot on the forehead of a cow. Easy to say and easy to remember, the word appealed to them. That was in 1996, and on January 2, 1997 they founded the Bless label. “B” is also for “brush”, in particular the hairbrush they designed in 1999 to store, like a jewelry case, shorn locks of hair. In a striking photo, the Bless brush is shown with a flowing tress of blonde hair, like a reliquary of femininity in the style of Magritte or the German surrealist Méret Oppenheim.
C. As in “Costes”. During the October 2003 Fashion Week in Paris, Heiss and Kaag carried out an operation entitled “Extended Hotel Service 1” at the Hotel Costes K: each room came with a selection of their garments and objects, allowing the guests to use them as they liked throughout their stay.
D. As in “designers”. If they are asked to define what they do, they say they are designers — they find the terms “fashion stylist” and “couturier” too limited.
E. As in “experience” and “experimentation”. Heiss and Kaag do not seek to create esthetically pleasing objects or garments that are a pleasure to wear. Their objective is to make things that are surprising, and that even surprise the designers themselves, items that not only can’t be found but that no one ever thought of looking for, original creations that never existed before (and perhaps will cease to exist when Bless is gone), things that each individual can relate to with no references and no prior experience. For example, their chairs whose seats are contoured like a miniature mountain landscape. Sitting on one is an unsettling experience, an exercise in balance (or imbalance).
F. As in “factory”. They have trouble finding production sites and manufacturers that can make what they want made. Their ingenious “Stickbag” net carryall has been suspended in its virtual form since its conception in 2002. As for their espadrille-soled running shoes, they finally ended up producing them themselves by hand.
G. As in “Genetic”. Bless reengineers the “genetic code” of objects and garments. They stitch together altered plants that have no natural counterpart on this earth, embroidering the fleshy leaves of a rubber tree and covering them with clear plastic muffs. Or they transform a chair into a rolling housing for a vacuum cleaner, “dress” a table of garments as one would a person or a dog, suspend furniture from the ceiling like mobiles… It’s one means of defining their transgenic humor: the detection of emerging species.
H. As in “Helmut”. Helmut Lang was Desiree Heiss’s professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and his influence can be felt in her work. “H” is also for “Hanover”, where Ines Kaag studied art and design, and also for “home”: Kaag now lives in Berlin and Heiss in Paris.
I. As in “ID”, the magazine in which they had the excellent idea of buying a full-page ad early in their careers to promote their fur wig. They got a call from Colette, before the famous concept store had even opened for business, and an order from Martin Margiela for his winter 97-98 show, not to mention offers from numerous photographers and agents who were convinced that Bless must be a major label even though it was still in its infancy.
J. As in “jeans”. In 2002, soft spats cut from the tops of jeans were one of the variations in their “Shoe Escorts” series.
K. There is no “K” in the Bless alphabet.
L. See “N”.
M. As in “mother tongue”. They never draw their ideas, they write them down. They love words, with all of their interactions and juxtapositions, and they have the good fortune of speaking German, a language that lends itself to the invention of composite terms. Creating words leads to creating things, like their “bootsocks”, which started out as a verbal idea.
N. There might be an “N” in the Bless alphabet later.
O. And maybe an “O” as well.
P. As in “product”. This is one of their favorite words. A Bless product can be a text, an object, a garment, an accessory, a photo… For them the term doesn’t mean “product” in the marketing sense, but rather in the poetic sense of the Ancient Greek verb poiein, which is the root of our word “poetry”. Poiein literally means to make, to manufacture or create. All of Bless’s products are tinged with poetry.
Q. As in “quantities”. They like them small, working in limited series like the 93 fur wigs (BLESS N°00) or the 120 denim and leather bootsocks (BLESS N°01).
R. See “K”.
S. As in “show”. They don’t really have a taste for runway shows, nor for collections, but since 2000 they have been presenting three collections a year.
T. There is no “T”.
U. And no “U”. Yet.
V. As in “vingt-trois” (“twenty-three” in French) and as in “vertical”. Their projects are always numbered. In October they will unveil BLESS N°23, made possible by fellowships awarded under the auspices of Andam: a vertical runway show with a troupe of dancers performing on the walls.
W. As in “wanadoo”, their Internet service provider (their e-mail address is blessparis@wanadoo.fr).
X. Well, hardly anyone has an “X”.
Y. Let alone a “Y”.
Z. As in “zeit” (“time” in German). Unwavering in their predilections, their perception of fashion and, beyond that, their desire to reshape if not the world at least some parts of it, they have time on their side.

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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby sknss » Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:00 pm

it was awesome. we had so much fun trying everything on. the person who welcomed us was apartment sitting the place for her friend who usually lives here (!). she was very nice and tried her best to answer all our questions

i apologize for the pics, i forgot my camera so i had to use my phone. there's plenty of pics floating on the internet if you're curious
plus this is only an appetizer, go see it for yourself if you have the chance! the room can be booked as a bnb for around 80€

the bedroom
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on the right side of the bed
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see if you can spot:
  • the hair-brush
  • the longchamp bagel bag
  • the pebble gameboy
  • the USB fur tail
  • nikes wih handles
  • the eastpak handbag

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in a corner of the bedroom, sandals with toes

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the kitchen:

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you can knit the chair yourself, there's a ball of yarn on it

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the balcony
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see the batmobile pot

in the living-room there's a fur hammock. there's also a huge desk that can transform into a bed if you turn it around.
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:21 pm

awesome thanks skns! i want to live in a bless flat
did you get a souvenir?
what was your favourite piece/object
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby sknss » Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:16 pm

i got two buttons:

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and a free postcard!
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the bag that came with it:
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the handle is a sticker that can be put anywhere. here it was placed on the little bag but they also put one on the fridge as a door handle!

i think my favorite thing was the fur hammock. it was so cool. there were also vertical pannel blinds that had a mirror on one side and a black coat on the other side. that was awesome as well

as for the clothes, i was surprised that even though everything is crazy, it all looks easily wearable. the down jackets looked particularly good. the lining is soft but the outer material is quite thick and rough. and the patterns are amazing obviously. hunnish wanted to know the price, i think they were 1050€. the vests are ~750€.
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby sknss » Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:44 pm

if you hadn't bought 15 pieces of outerwear already you could have bought a down jacket!
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby can- » Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:21 am

this is my favorite thread. I has a dream last night where I went to a bless popup set up as a library. nothing fit me
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby sknss » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:14 pm

i had to go one more time

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the reflective yarn without flash
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with flash
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby sknss » Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:33 am

Online stockists

Park (Vienna)

ra (Paris/Antwerp)
ra's archive

Slam Jam (Ferrara, Italy)

Doshaburi (Barcelona) some good deals here (smiling)

Someday store (Melbourne)

Daily projects (Seoul)

Creatures of comfort (fake canada)

Ooga Booga store (Los Angeles) use ctrl+F "bless"
sales
DVDs, wallscapes and the filechair

Stand up comedy (Portland OR)
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:15 am

now where were we

N°07 Living-Room Conquerors

1999

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chairwear / tablecare / doorflair

A living room needs to live and develop its destiny. A gradual transformation keeps exisiting personal values and adapting to fresh areas that mark a consciousness of the moment.

The charme of old furniture as experienced companions reacts with environmental accessories on the way to a personal living concept. The desire to grow with you can be satisfied through a handsome balance.

Bless our home.


That's right, furniture needs clothing too!

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Chairwear A
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limited to 200 pieces

Chairwear B
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limited to 300 pieces
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Leather re-edition
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Chairwear C
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limited to 50 pcs

Tablecare
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(double version, you can see the single version in the video)
available in red, grey or black in wood/plastic

Doorflair
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Limited 50 pcs

status: partly available
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:33 am

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was it comfortable? doesn't look it
although i can't quite work out the mechanics of sitting on it from the pictures
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby sknss » Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:19 pm

yeah it looks pretty weird doesn't it? i was confused too so i asked the BLESS person.
basically when you sit the four sticks stand up and the chair gets more... stiff? it is pretty comfy
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby can- » Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:56 pm

what are those green nikes?
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby sknss » Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:11 pm

i can't seem to find them on the website, i thought i saw them. they made some red ones too iirc. they're dunks with the laces swapped out for a knitted scarf

did you see the airmaxes?
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

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N°08 Found Objects

1999

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this was the first release of the famous bedsheets

The discovery of found objects proves the speciality of their constitution, their distribution by BLESS shows a personal opinion and makes them look for a new owner and credits the anonymous designer - means BLESS is where the hunter instinct serves the pride of possession

The BLESS No 08 Found objects project is all about showing another alternative of doing collections in presenting found pieces and series with different identification symptoms.
It's the direct sale of inspirations without copying, the pure presentation of objects which are ready to use.

Making the offer of found objects in their various colours and motives as we can find them means to accept the reasons of limitation, defined by supply and demand of the market. The project is meant to be continued as long as we can find products we like whenever and wherever we are.
The option is to share their functional aspects with the taste of BLESS and to integrate the objects in the personal collection of things. The first 3 presented options include a "dripless umbrella" collection, a series of "leather socks" in different colours and sizes, and a "landscape panorama printed bedsheet"


Dripless Umbrellas
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Leather Socks available in millions of colours
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Bedsheets with landscape panorama
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Oversleeves in different colours with different textile-applications
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Re: BLESS -"the meek" -"this house" -"national geographic"

Postby germinal » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:04 am

It was around this time BLESS began their Beauty Products range.

First was

3-dimensional Make-Up
1998

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The BLESS beauty-product is very small and fragile and a side development of the set.
You wear it on a rubber yarn around your head - each one is unique.


they were presented as part of the Kostas Murkudis ss98 show

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The beauty-product, a kind of 3-dimensional make-up, was created from one part of the set. It highlights the eyes with small pieces of veil, attached to a thin transparent elastic. They were sold in a transparent envelope together with a Polaroid of Cécile Bortoletti modelling them. The product’s material itself has no value, therefore the special packaging was needed to convey the idea of how to wear such a product.


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status: sold out

then came the infamous

Hairbrush

1999

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“People want to give our hairbrush a Surrealistic heritage,” says BLESS of the design, which has been compared to the work of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who was known for collaborations with artists such as Salvador Dalí, “but when we created the product it had nothing to do with Surrealism. Curators Eva Svennung and Alexis Vaillant from Toasting Agency had asked us to propose the haircut of the month and instead of a haircut we thought of people who cut off their long hair and want to keep the braid as a souvenir. The brush is like a jewelry case for hair. We see it as an absolutely functional piece.”


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status: sold out

then came

Make-up Pictures

2003

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Make-up pictures are the newest product of the BLESSbeauty line. Relaxing pictures from young dutch photographer Heidi Vogels of landscape and nature ( i.e. woods, sea and open fields ) are presented in post card size on a pvc support. The eyeshadow is integrated directly in the picture which leads to a completely new consumtion posibility:
Once the Make-up picture is removed from its packaging the consumer can learn from the instruction at the backside of the picture how to use it. The stickerprotection must be removed, the picture can be sticked directly on the bathroom mirror or wall and then the eyeshadow is ready for use in a vertical position, with or without the help of a brush.
As this, the Make-up picture has its triple function: for it´s facial use, as a bathroom decoration and the possible soothing effect on the soul for the inner beauty.

The project is seen as a contribution to further variety in all day life product- and packaging design.


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status: available

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