DHA Designs are delighted to have been shortlisted for no less than five times for the 2012 Lighting Design Awards, due to be presented on 21st March, 2012. The company has entries in the Public Buildings category (Atmosphere at the Science Museum & Riverside Museum, with Inverse Lighting Design), Special Projects (Book of the Dead, British Museum), Low Carbon (Atmosphere at the Science Museum) & Heritage (National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh) categories. The competitions seems exceptionally strong this year, so to be shortlisted in so many categories is a remarkable achievement.
Read more about the awards here.
London Design Festival
Textile Field, as photographed for the Guardian Newspaper by Graeme Robertson
is under way, and dha was asked to provide a suitable lighting scheme for the Bouroullec Brothers’
installation piece, Textile Field, in the Raphael Cartoon Courts at the V&A Museum.
Unusually, the lighting had to be installed and focussed before the piece went in, due to the size of the installation. You can see a video of the piece being built in the gallery on the Nowness website, which gives a good indication of the size of the piece.
The London Design Festival runs until the 25th September.
Jill Entwistle wrote a good analysis of our design for ‘Atmosphere’ at the Science Museum in the April edition of FX Magazine, showing how spaces can be dramatic and still use low-energy sources.
The American Association of Museums MUSE awards gave Atmosphere an ‘honourable mention’ last night, citing the ‘highest standards of excellence in the use of media & technology for interpretive interactive installations’. Gosh, I think that means they liked it.
So, congratulations to Casson Mann, the Science Museum, Nick Bell Design and AllofUs for the award-winning design and content.
Our latest work for the British Library, the science fiction exhibition, Out of this World, can be seen in this review of the exhibition by the BBC. The novelist, China Miéville, talks about the importance of science fiction literature in our culture against the backdrop of the exhibition here.
The new lighting magazine, Lux, has chosen two of our recent projects for their ‘energy exemplars’ strand. Our work for the V&A’s Asian gallery was featured for its use of the Xicato module in object lighting, whereas Atmosphere at the Science Museum was included for the custom fixtures with monochromatic LEDs to create an intense blue wash in the gallery. In each case, the fixtures were supplied by Mike Stoane Lighting.
Read more in Lux here.
Mike Stoane’s website can be found here.
Our lighting can be seen in the latest ITV crime drama, ‘Vera’, where the characters walk through the galleries. You can watch the episode on ITV Player here and the galleries can be seen around 49 minutes into the episode…
dha were very pleased to receive a ‘Highly Commended’ for their work on the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries at the V&A in the recent Lighting Design Awards. This maintains our great track record for these awards, with five winners, four highly commended, one commended and one shortlisted entry in the last ten years.
The Design Week awards were announced recently, and we were very pleased to see that we had scored an unusual hat-trick; dha design provided the lighting design for all three entries to be awarded in the exhibitions category. dha were the lighting designers for not only the joint winners (the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries at the V&A by MUMA and the Oculus at St Paul’s by Ralph Applebaum Associates), but also the highly-commended ‘Contemplating Monolithic Design’ by Barber Osgerby with Sony.
Congratulations to all three winners, and we were glad to have been involved on the projects.
More details on the competition can be found here
We’re very pleased that Casson Mann & Nick Bell Design have won gold at the Design Business Awards this year. The Great North Museum has been a fantastic success, with the target for the first year of visitor numbers achieved in only three months. We we were glad to be part of the team, providing the lighting schemes for all ten new gallery spaces.
The award news can be found here.