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.
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.
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
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.
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
Our recent work for Casson Mann and the National Maritime Museum, the Navy, Nelson & Nation exhibition is covered in a piece by Tom Banks in Design Week. The article describes how the exhibition gives visitors an impression of shipboard life by using spaces with similar dimensions to those experienced by sailors.
DHA were delighted to have been the lighting designers for three out of the four nominated exhibitions in the spatial design category at this year’s D&AD awards.
The three schemes that DHA worked on could not have been more different, each requiring a considered approach to the lighting scheme to reflect the individual scheme design, the needs of the audio-visual environment and the very particular lighting requirements of the objects in each exhibition.
Google’s Weblab project required a cool palette of light to suggest the laboratory environment, punctuated by splashes of warm light to indicate interaction and energy.
Heatherwick Studio’s Designing the Extraordinary scheme required a tight punch of light onto each item and object on display to create a jewel-like display of this company’s remarkable output.
The Casson Mann-designed Hollywood Costume sought to re-create the hyper-reality of the film soundstage with dramatic, dark backdrops and projected images to immerse the visitor in the world of character creation by the work of the costume designer.
Congratulations to all of the nominated scheme designers. We were delighted to have provided the lighting designs to each of these remarkable exhibitions.