In 2012 designer Christiane Nill teamed up with photographer Lionel Henriod to pursue a concept called, Let’s Play. The project has three phases:
- a portrait is taken of a swiss architect, designer, or artist.
- after the portrait they are given wooden toy blocks and 30 minutes to build something
- the next individual who participates in the project must use 3 of the building blocks chosen by the previous player
After working as in editor in life magazine, Christiane Nill founded Studio mc² in 2002 to pursue, among other things, visual concepts and art direction with her colleagues.
The LET’S PLAY project features a diverse range of creatives from Switzerland’s cultural landscape. When a feature has been produced, the portrait and a photo of what they’ve built are placed side by side, the juxtaposition of these two images describing the character of the artist in a very unconventional way.
“Christiane Nill founded Studio mc² in 2002 to pursue, among other things, visual concepts and art direction with her colleagues.”
The project has been picked up by publications like Das Ideale Heim and the duo even offers a limited boxed edition that includes a signed copy of the book and 3 of the original wooden building blocks from the project.
Nill says, “The game’s wooden blocks are more than merely incidental; they are among the very oldest known play items and as such are richly evocative of childhood for all of us.” Christiane Nill joined forces with Lionel Henriod to emphasize the richness of contemporary creatives in Switzerland. It celebrates both individuality and connectedness.