The rules of the game were precise and simple; each designer was to create seven unique pieces exclusively using combinations of squares. To add an element of difficulty Shahno’s clothing designs were restricted to only using squares 30 x 30 cm and Hennessy’s jewellery and accessory designs 1 x 1 cm squares. The colour palette was also restricted to black, white, grey and violet.
The Polyomino Game began in July and spanned six months ending in November when the pieces from each designer came together for the first time. The final step in the game was a photoshoot of the complete collection in Moscow directed by Lisa. “The photoshoot was inspired by a geometric fake reality and the virtual world of the first computer games,” said Shahno. Throughout the duration of the game Shahno and Hennessy teased each other by sharing sneak peeks of the geometric designs that they were working on but never revealing the completed pieces. Fans were invited to follow the steps of the Polyomino Game as it unfolded. It’s really is amazing what two geometrically obsessed designers can create together without ever meeting each other in real life.
Photographer: Anastasia Markelova
Makeup: Alina Asriyants
Clothing designs: Lisa Shahno
Jewellery and accessory designs: Aroha Silhouettes
Polyomino logo: The Local Genius