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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

 

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.

 

 

 

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

 

Light Middle East conference, 3-5th November

lightmeDHA Designs director, Peter Fordham, was invited to speak at the Light Middle East conference, being held in Dubai from 3rd-5th November 2015.

Peter was invited to give a presentation, titled Reducing light in the public realm with design intent and adding lighting quality. The presentation was given to an audience of some of the leading figures in lighting from across the Middle East, including lighting designers active in the area, specialist lighting contractors & lighting manufacturers supplying to these countries.

Light Middle East has been running for nine years now, and is the premier event for our industry across the region, and attracts more than 325 companies who are working to develop the lighting industries in one of the world’s great regions of growth.

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

 

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:

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/rembrandt-the-late-works

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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:

http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/e/exhibitions/