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photos : mari luz vidal  text : andrew trotter

my connection to bless goes way back, from first seeing the fur wigs they made for martin margiela and seeing their clothes in the b store in london. when i moved to bilbao we were selling bless in persuade, and then i sold bless home wear in my shop openhouse in barcelona. but it wasn’t until we started the openhouse project that my connection to bless became a lot more personal.

as we started to write about homes that were opened to the public for the openhouse project magazine, the bless shop home berlin was one of my first interviews. from then i struck up an e-mail friend ship with mira, the resident at the bless home. just after her interview she asked if i knew somewhere nice to stay in barcelona for a summer holiday, so the only nice place i really knew was our home.

she came with her friend, annika, and straight away we hit it off. after her holiday she told me i should come and stay a while in the bless home, and i suggested we make a sushi party there. unfortunately, nobu couldnt come, so we had to think of something else. so off we went, mari luz and i, and a fine leg a jamon for a week in berlin and a pica pica party, spanish style.

we realised we had brought the spanish sun with us for a very unusual 20 degress in the middle of october. we had bright sun, and the colours of the berlin autumn were amazing.

we were suprised to find out that most of the 30 people coming to the party were not all known to the bless crew. we spent the day cleaning, buying wine, making tortilla and preparing to cook the fideua. the evening came, and then started to arrive a wonderful mix of people to the home. there were 5 from the bless crew, some neighboughs from the building, two other fashion designers, there was a famous writer, who has a page called cee cee about cool things to do in berlin, and even two tourists from holland who had seen it advertised on that blog. after the initial half an hour of people being nervous and not knowing how to place themselves within the home, everyone started to eat and drink and in the end a great time was had by all. pablo a photographer friend of mari luz came and played guitar and we projected the bless shows onto a facing blank wall so we could watch from the windows and balcony.

thank you mira and everyone at bless for being wonderful hosts and see you for a sushi party very soon

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so exactly one year after i opened openhouse, the next stage is evolving. together with my flatmate, photographer marl luz vidal, we have started the openhouse project. first we are opening our home as a gallery. with ana schulz, we will have a program of exhibitions, talks and workshops about photography. the second is a kitchen. with nobu kawagoe we will prepare an intimate japanese dinning experience for a small group of people once a month. the last part is an on-line magazine about people around the world who open their homes to the public. please feel free to contact us for more information or if you would like to visit us, you will be welcome to a nice cup of tea. we would also like to hear from you about anyone who opens their homes to the public. follow us also on facebook    .

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