The Bless label began over two decades ago, in 1996, when fashion designers Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag embarked on their first collaboration — a somewhat bizarre fur wig. Their collections (now numbering 57) are part fashion, part product design, and part art. You can find many pieces housed in Bless Home, a concept store that stands out amongst the others thanks to its quirkiness — both in content and execution.
Whilst browsing Instagram one day I came across some stunning lighting products that are not only made in Berlin, but made primarily from concrete. The strong lines and smooth, angular surfaces combine to create products that are both stylish and minimalistic. As well as pure concrete lamps, they are available in a combination of materials such as concrete and oak, or concrete and copper, and there is also a range of porcelain lamps. I paid a visit to the workshop and studio of GANTlights to speak to the man behind it all, Stefan Gant, about the products he creates and his relationship with the city.