For the first time in Paris, BLESS presents an exhibition of furniture products exploring and redefining design solutions for everyday life.
BLESS is a transdisciplinary studio founded in 1995 by Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag in Paris and Berlin. They offer inventive connections between art and design, fashion and architecture, new definitions for objects and products and creative solutions in business and social practices.
For more than 20 years, starting with product N°07 Livingroom Conquerors in 1998, a series of leather dressing options for common plastic chairs, BLESS has constantly proposed furniture related products that reset our relation to design.
In Paris, the Freedman Fitzpatrick gallery walls are covered with scale 1:1 images produced in 2018 in the Richard Neutra’s 1933 iconic and modernist house in Silver Lake (Los Angeles) during a residency and part of BLESS ongoing wallscape catalogue.
Recent products from the N°63 Neutra Dasein series such as Tremaine Ball, a chair whose feet have been replaced by a ball to Padded Seating, a comfortable cover for an uncomfortable chair, are shown alongside the now popular N°60 Lobby Conquerors series in fur. Originally commissioned for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, the “Chairwears” are options for customizing existing furniture, such as after master Ilmari Tapiovaara classic’s Lukki stool (1954), a collaboration with Artek, the Finish design company founded by Alvar Aalto.
By modifying objects, sometimes only with a small move, for example terrazzo look alike pillows or industrial wooden pallet covered with cotton bolsters (N°58 Worker’s Delight), BLESS’ iconoclastic approach pushes the viewer to reconsider his perspectives on contemporary living both in his office and private life.
The new N°65 Not That I Can’t Wait for It products pursue and develop the ongoing BLESS interest and research on images. How to integrate figurative photographic images in our daily lives is a crucial question for living in our contemporary world. For Heiss and Kaag, travel always generates pictures that are later integrated in their production like those figurative blankets woven with photos taken in Iran that they visited in the last six months or the Stairways carpet a hand knotted rug in Nepal.
A temporary BLESS Shop will be opened during Paris Fashion Week at Freedman Fitzpatrick as a side project in the exhibition.
BLESS N° 46 The Novembre in Adidas will join on March 1st.