Many thanks to our client for sharing these incredible photographs.
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
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 fittings 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.
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.
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.