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Opus Anglicanum @ The V&A Museum

Opening in October 2016, DHA Designs were delighted to work on this beautiful collection of Medieval Embroidery.  The exhibition was designed by Line Lu
nd of the V&A, who created a permanent-looking exhibition to house these very fragile and rare works.

DHA focused around 400 fibre optics and other spotlights on site to create a delicate lighting solution to every object, working together with a range of lenders including the Vatican, the Royal Collection and many churches and cathedrals.  DHA ensured that the astonishing details, thread-work and images that have been preserved in these objects could be seen.   The lighting and design creates a series of jewel boxes that illuminates these beautifully preserved artefacts, which sparkle under the careful lighting, even at only 30 – 50 lux.

Many of these objects are rarely displayed and they won’t be brought together again, so it was a privilege to light such a special and unique exhibition.

https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/opus-anglicanum-masterpieces-of-english-medieval-embroidery

 

National Memorial Arboretum

DHA Designs worked on the re-design of the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield as part of the £15.7m new Remembrance Centre.   The beautiful site near Lichfield, is the national site of remembrance, and the exhibition “Landscapes of Life”  tells the story of ways of remembrance and collection, and of the Arboretum itself.

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Working with Real Studios, DHA designed a flexible and sympathetic lighting solution, to highlight the collection and create a series of atmospheric  spaces.  The balance of the lighting and the AV was critical in complimenting Real Studio’s immersive design, and one visited my many who’ve lost loved ones.

 

 

More information on the Arboretum can be found here > http://www.thenma.org.uk

Photo Credit: Philip Vile

Fire! Fire! Exhibition at The Museum of London

DHA Designs were delighted to work on Fire! Fire! at the Museum of London, working with Skellon Studio.  The exhibition commemorates the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London and creates a theatrical journey from Pudding Lane to the Aftermath, using illustrations, setworks and lighting inspired by the period.Fire! Fire! exhibition at the Museum of London 22

The exhibition, which is particularly popular with school groups, also showcases many artefacts from the museum’s rich collection of that period, as well as those salvaged from the fire.  The challenge for the lighting was to engage the children with theatrical effects without overwhelming the objects and their conservation lighting.

The lighting plays with colour temperature as part of the visitor route: from twilight in Pudding Lane, to the warmth of the Fire itself, then to the grey smoke of the Aftermath.  The final area is warmed up to end on the positive re-building of the city.

 

Photo Credit: Museum of London

 

Mary Rose Museum – Update 2016

DHA Designs have now updated the lighting for the Mary Rose Museum.

On completion of the conservation process for the hull, the “Hotbox” enclosure was removed allowing full, panoramic views of the ship remains.

The hull lighting was re-designed (and updated to all LED) giving a set of dramatic “looks” that (very) slowly dissolve, as well as a set of a/v presentations that project imMary Rose news imageages into and around the hull.

This phase of the museum design was by REAL Studios, a/v by Graham English, sound by Peter Key and lighting equipment and control by Control Lighting and Enliten.

 

Photography: Hufton+Crow

 

Kuwait Oil Company Museum

In Spring 2016 we commissioned a new museum for the Kuwait Oil Company on the outskirts of Kuwait City.

Having first specified this in 2008 we then had to re-work it to incorporate as much LED as possible as the original specs were metal halide and tungsten. In fact many of fiKOC news imagettings were obsolete, and we were greatly assisted in bringing it up to current specs by the team from SI Electrical.

As well as traditional display lighting there is a large amount of darkness, and a lot of black shiny floors.

Some very nice exhibition design by Event and films by Graham English.

 

 

IKEA Museum

DHA Designs have designed the lighting for IKEA’s new museum in Älmhult, Sweden.IKEA - image for news

Running from 2014 we worked with museum designers RAA and architects Wilkinson Eyre, and then directly for IKEA, completing the job in Spring 2016.

By using a combination of Erco, Concord and some fine led extrusions from Lightworks.

 

 

 

EPIC Dublin

In April we commissioned the new EEPIC news imagePIC museum at the CQH Building in Dublin.

This new museum, set inside underground vaults by the Liffey, tells the story of the Irish Diaspora. It was designed by Event, with a/v by GE&Co and Elbow and sound by Peter Key. Lighting support was by High Res in Dublin.

Celts at the British Museum opens to 5-star reviews

crossAfter lighting Ming: 50 Years that Changed China in the new 70m long Special Exhibitions Gallery, DHA Designs were delighted to be asked by the BM to light this autumn’s blockbuster exhibition.  Designed by Real Studios, with graphics by the BM, DHA worked closely with the team and curators to light the hundreds of objects on display.  These varied from tiny jewellery and coins to huge crosses and sculptures.

The exhibition received 5-stars from Jonathan Jones in The Guardian and tickets can be booked from the British Museum via their website here

 

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain opens at V&A

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DHA followed up their successful collaboration with the V&A Fashion and Textiles dept on Savage Beauty, with the lighting of the Shoes exhibition.  Showcasing over 250 pairs of shoes from over 2000 years, the exhibition includes shoes from all over the globe.

The exhibition was designed by Line Lund of the V&A Design Dept and is located in Gallery 40.  More information and tickets can be found here