'BLESS Retroperspective Home N° 30 – N° 41'
Edited by Désirée Heiss, Ines Kaag, Manuel Raeder, Katrin Bucher Trantow, Peter Pakesch
Texts by Andrea Lissoni, Peter Pakesch & Katrin Bucher Trantow, Adriano Sack
Heralded as one of fashion’s most innovative designers, the Paris- and Berlin-based duo BLESS (Désirée Heiss and Ines Kaag) refuse to capitalize on any one milieu, and instead explore the differences between and the mixing of the systems of art, fashion, and design. This book brings together visual and written documentation of BLESS's last twelve collections (N° 30 – N° 41), continually prompting and challenging the question of where a product begins and ends. Their latest project, N° 41 Retroperspective Home, culminates in an exhibition / intervention of the same title at the Kunsthaus Graz from May–August 2010. 'The hybrid nature of [BLESS’s] output cries out to be tackled by an institution like ours,' state the curators of the exhibition, 'but at the same time makes it very difficult to do so … This is precisely where the challenge of our exhibition lies, seeing art as design and fashion as architecture.' Designed by Manuel Raeder and published on the occasion of the exhibition 'BLESS N° 41 Retroperspective Home,' Kunsthaus Graz – Universalmuseum Joanneum, May 22 – August 29, 2010.