Category Archives: Recent work

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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain opens at V&A

Shoes best

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

Cravings Exhibition at the Science Musuem

DHKadinsky SaladA Designs is pleased to be involved in the latest exhibition in the Science Museum’s Antenna Gallery. This exhibition explores the effect that food can have on you, and how sight, touch and smell can influence our appetite and cravings.

We are pleased to be working with the Science Museum again in this space after the successful 3D Printing exhibition, and this exhibition includes live experiments as well as an interactive game – Craving Commander.

The opening was covered by BBC news here.

John Singer Sargent opens at NPG

UnknownFollowing previous work with the in-house design team at NPG, DHA Designs were delighted to be asked to light this astonishing collection of portraits by the wonderful  Sargent.

The exhibition opened to rave reviews, including 5-stars from Jonathan Jones (Guardian) who described it as “daring, haunting and astonishing” and Richard Dorment (Telegraph) feeling it was “one of the best exhibition’s I’ve ever seen at NPG”.


Drawn by Light, Science Museum

© Kate Elliott

© Kate Elliott

DHA Designs are very pleased to continue our association with the Science Museum and DrinkallDean by working on Drawn by Light exhibition in the Museum’s Media Space.

Our third exhibition in the space brings about it’s own special challanges, in this case how to light three Heliographic silver plates to ensure all were visible. This turned out to be a very delicate task.

This exhibition draws on many collections and is a must see for anyone interested in the history of photography and photographers.

The exhibition runs until the 3rd of January 2015.
Visit the website for more information.


Lighting Design Awards 2015 – shortlist announced

lda-logo_0DHA Designs are pleased to announce that all four of their entries to the 2015 Lighting Design Awards have been shortlisted. The full list of shortlisted projects can be viewed here.


Our project entries are as follows:

Lighting for Leisure: Liverpool Everyman Theatre

Public Buildings: Navy, Nelson, Nation at the National Maritime Museum

Low Carbon: Miles Staircase at Somerset House

Special Projects: The London 2012 Olympic Cauldron: Designing A Moment


The Queen opens new Information Age gallery at the Science Museum

HM The Queen sends her first tweet from the Information Age gallery

HM The Queen sends her first tweet from the Information Age gallery

Friday 24th October saw the opening of the Information Age Gallery at the Science Museum in London, the first gallery of the museum’s ambitious Masterplan that will see many of the major galleries refurbished or replaced. Information Age tells the story of 21 communication advances or inventions that changed our world, from the invention of the telegraph to the foundation of the world wide web. The gallery was designed by Universal Design Studio, with whom DHA have collaborated on a number of projects, including the Sony exhibition at the Milan Salone. DHA provided a complete exhibition lighting design scheme, including display cases and interactive exhibit lighting.

The gallery was opened by Her Majesty the Queen, who after touring the exhibits, used the opportunity to send her first tweet via the @BritishMonarchy account. Rory Cellan-Jones covered the opening via his BBC technology blog

Rembrandt: The Late Works opens to great reviews

DHA were delighted to have the privilege of lighting Rembrandt: The Late Works for the National Gallery.  Working with exhibition designers Urban Salon, and the gallery’s curatorial team.  DHA used new LED technology with a variety of fixtures and lenses to highlight these astonishing works.  The challenge was the precision required to light such amazing portraits without shadows or reflections from glazing or varnish.

The show has had unanimous five-star reviews, including The Evening Standard, Independent, The Guardian and the Sunday Times and really is a once-in-a-lifetime show.  More information including tickets can be found here:


DHA light V&A autumn shows

Dshowcase modelHA have just completed the three major shows at the V&A, all to favourable reviews.

Horst: Photographer of Style is a retrospective of one of the leading Twentieth Century photographers, and Constable: The Making of a Master shows an amazing collection of Constable’s work alongside his influences.  Most recently, Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design, presents over 150 costume and set designs (shown above) against a dramatic backdrop.

All three exhibitions use existing fixtures from stock, which DHA needed to use creatively for three very different experiences.  More information including ticketing can be found here: