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 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:
The DHA team were pleased to receive a ‘Highly Commended‘ for their Museum of Childhood lighting scheme at the 2013 Lux Awards, presented at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza on the 21st November.
The Lux Awards are presented annually by Lux Magazine across seventeen categories that range from product design to completed schemes in a number of different environments and decided upon by a jury of industry peers.
More information on our scheme for the V&A‘s Museum of Childhood can be found on our project pages.
DHA were delighted to be asked back to re-light the V&A Theatre Galleries following an object re-display. DHA lit the original displays for the same curatorial team in 2009, and have since worked with the department on Hollywood Costume and David Bowie Is…
The highlight of the new display is the acquisition of Handspring’s Joey from Warhorse, donated by the National Theatre. We worked with the National Theatre’s in-house lighting team to recreate the lighting effects used in the production, within the museum’s conservation guidelines.
Joey’s arrival at the V&A can be seen in the video here
David Robertson speaks to the NMK
DHA Director David Robertson was asked to address the National Museum of Korea last week, on the subject of museum gallery lighting. The invitation came about as a result of a visit by the NMK Director to London, where DHA’s work was seen by Dr. Kim Youngna, and recommended by the staff of the Asian Dept. at the V&A Museum. David addressed around 150 NMK conservators & curators, plus staff from many other museums across Korea, on the topic Lighting the Past: The V&A Museum & the Future of Exhibition Lighting. David reviewed the projects DHA have undertaken across this museum and others, and how they relate to current & future developments in museum lighting practice. He was interviewed by the NMK team, and met with curators and in-house designers of the National Museum.
Two of our projects have been short-listed for this year’s Lux Awards: the facade lighting for the Science Museum under the category “Outdoor Lighting Project Of The Year” and the lighting for the V&A Museum of Childhood under the category “Hospitality And Leisure Project of The Year”.
The V&A Museum recently asked DHA to revisit the lighting installation for the Grand Entrance. The space was last upgraded in 2003, one of our first projects for the museum and part of an early phase of their Futureplan. Originally lit with a mixture of tungsten and metal halide sources, the new scheme is lit totally with LED. Fixtures of note include Soraa’s new MR16 LED replacement lamps, Hoffmeister’s “lo.nely” narrow beam track mounted LED spotlights, and linear LED systems from Light Graphix.
James Newton gets the credit for the fabulous photographs.
After designing Hollywood Costume and David Bowie Is… at the V&A, DHA were pleased to use their expertise to light Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 80s. The exhibition is displayed over two floors in the recently refurbished Fashion Gallery, and runs until February 2014. The fabulous collection of fashion on display is predominantly lit with LED spots, with retro-fit lamps used in the V&A’s older equipment.
To contrast the two styles, the Catwalksection is all in showcases and lit in predominantly white LED spots, softened by some linear fluorescent. The CLub section upstairs is all on open display, lit with coloured filters and uses a lot of uplighting for added theatricality.
You can find out more about the exhibition by visiting the V&A’s website here Photo credit: V&A Images
Our project at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London, has been featured in the May 2013 edition of Lux Magazine.
DHA were delighted to be the lighting designers for the eagerly anticipated David Bowie Is… exhibition at the V&A. With our background in theatre and rock concert lighting, and our experience in galleries and museums, it was a great opportunity to showcase dynamic exhibition lighting. We worked closely with the museum, 59 Productions and Real Studios to bring the glamour and excitement of Bowie to the V&A.
The exhibition has already become the fastest-selling in the V&A’s history, described by the Evening Standard in its 5-star review as “a triumph” and tickets and further information can be found here