Category Archives: Recent work

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Death: A Self-Portrait at Wellcome Trust

DHA were delighted to be asked to work with the Wellcome Trust’s in-house design and exhibition team for the first time, to light this fascinating collection. The exhibition comprises over 300 works from the Richard Harris collection, all dealing with different images and ideas of death. These range from artists such as Goya, Rembrandt and Warhol, to a wealth of ethnographic material. The sheer array of conservation grade material made the show challenging to light.

The Observer described the show as “tremendous” and more can be found out at the Wellcome Collection’s own website here

Mughal India opens at British Library

DHA Designs have recently completed the lighting for Mughal India. This exhibition explores the Mughal empire through 200 exquisite manuscripts, paintings and objects.

The exhibition was described as “ravishing” and “a revelation” by Alistair Sooke of the Daily Telegraph

More about the exhibition can be found on the BL website here

Hollywood Costume at the V&A is ‘a blockbuster’

After five years work, the V&A’s major exhibition on costume design for film has now opened. DHA were commissioned to light this very atmospheric show which exhibits over 100 of the most iconic costumes from a century of film-making history.

Reviews have been very positive. The Week described the show as ‘jaw-dropping’, The Guardian said ‘Starry’, the London Evening Standard gave the exhibition five stars, as did the Independent. The Telegraph called it a ‘blockbuster’ and gave it four out of five stars. The Artlyst website described the show as ‘the sort… many museums only imagine possible’.

More about the exhibition can be found on the V&A’s website, here.

Google’s Weblab at the Science Museum

Designed by Google to showcase their groundbreaking Chrome Experiments, this year-long exhibition is now live in London, and on the internet.  Designed as a physical and virtual exhibition, visitors can physically interact with exhibits by visiting the museum, or access them online, twenty-four hours per day.  The lighting gives a ‘clean room’ style to the basement area of the Science Museum, whilst pools of warmth draw the visitor to the five distinct exhibit areas.

Heatherwick exhibition at the V&A

DHA provided the lighting scheme for the V&A’s new exhibition on the extraordinary work of Thomas Heatherwick & his studio. The exhibition is the culmination of the museum’s recent series of events celebrating British design, and runs from 31st May until 30th September. More information is available at the V&A website

The Guardian interviewed Thomas in the Porter Gallery at the V&A Museum, where he explains his approach to design and the work of his studio.

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Cabin

DHA Design have recently completed the design and commissioning of the new Virgin Atlantic Upper Class cabin.  This follows on from the success of the previous cabin and other work with Virgin.

The cabin includes a bar which has been orientated towards the arriving passenger.  The main cabin makes use of an Airbus LED RGB colour changing system to create moods for various stages of the flight from arrival to departure.  Uplighting has been added to bulkhead screens and lighting integrated into the privacy shields and seat ottomans.

Casio G-Shock

Basement of the Casio G-Shock StoreCasio opened their new flagship store for the G-Shock brand in London on Saturday 21st of April and DHA Designs were very pleased to be brought in to advise on the lighting for the store. DHA Designs were retained by HarrimanSteel on this exciting project in a premier location in the heart of Covent Garden.

The store was designed as a very flexible space, retaining a strong aesthetic. Upstairs, the store has a modern, stylish feel; while the downstairs is more urban. The lighting is designed to compliment the space and remain consistent throughout.

More details can be found on HarrimanSteel’s website here.

Photo supplied by HarrimanSteel with thanks.

Royal River opens at National Maritime Museum

DHA were delighted to work on Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames for Royal Museums Greenwich. The exhibition which charts over 400 years of the river’s history, and was guest curated by David Starkey, working alongside the museum’s experienced team.

The exhibition was opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 25th April, and forms part of her Jubilee Celebrations. The Royal Collection is one of the major lenders, and the objects are spectacular: from gilded barges, uniforms and figureheads to oil paintings by Canaletto. DHA worked closely with Land Design Studio and the museum’s conservators to ensure every object was treated carefully with light.

Even Brian Sewell proclaimed it “brilliantly presented” in his Evening Standard review!

New Sculpture at Marble Arch

dha designs where commissioned by Halcyon Galleries to light a major work by the internationally acclaimed artist Dashi Namdakov. The five meter high sculpture shows Genghis Khan mounted on horseback, descending from the sky.Genghis Khan Sculpture

The piece by the Russian artist  was specially commissioned for the latest piece of public art installed as part of Westminster’s ongoing “City of Sculpture” festival and comes ahead of Dashi’s exhibition at the Halcyon galleries, which will also be lit by dha designs and opens on the 9th of May. The festival was launched by Westminster Council in 2010 and aims to add sculptures across the city for the Olypmics and Diamond Jubilee.

The unveiling was covered by the BBC here.

A Family in Wartime opens at IWM London

DHA were pleased to be appointed to light this exhibition following their successful design for IWM North and Holocaust Galleries, IWM London.

The exhibition follows the story of one family, the Allpresses, who lived in London during the Second World War, and is aimed at families and school groups. The lighting tries to evoke the low sepia-tinted light levels of the period and includes the museum’s rich collection of period decorative lighting.

DHA worked closely with designers Northover Brown Ltd, as well as the museum’s in-house team

More information on this free exhibition can be found here