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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.




Cosmonauts Opens At Science Museum

Entrance 1Recently opened at London’s Science Museum, the new “Cosmonauts” gallery tells the story of Russian space exploration with an exciting collection of objects and artworks never previously seen in public.

Use this link to watch a short video of the exhibition and interview with Professor Brian Cox.

The exhibition runs until March 2016.


WW1 galleries win at Museums & Heritage Awards 2015

mandh_awardslogoCasson Mann‘s exhibition design for the new WW1 galleries at the Imperial War Museum has won the best permanent exhibition category at the 2015 Museum & Heritage Awards. Judged by a panel of distinguished museum professionals, this award is keenly contested between some fantastic projects every year, so DHA was delighted when Casson Mann collected the award for their thoughtful and effective design, which has welcomed 1.4M visitors since it opened last year.


In a remarkable run, this is the fourth year in a row where the top prize in this category has been won by a design where DHA provided the lighting scheme:

2015 – WW1 galleries, for Casson Mann.

2014 – Mary Rose Museum for Land, Pringle Brandon & WEA.

2013 – National Museum of Scotland for RAA & Gareth Hopkins Architects

(Also highly commended for Treasures Gallery at the Natural History Museum)

2012 – William Morris Galleries for GUM

Before this, we have had shortlisted projects in this category in 2009, 2010 & 2011.

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


DHA at Museums Association ‘Bright Ideas’ conference, 30th April 2014

BrightIdeasDHA director, Jonathan Howard, was asked to speak at the recent Museums Association conference, Bright Ideas, held at the Royal College of Surgeons in London on April 30th. The conference aimed to explore the impact of new legislation & technological innovations on current museum lighting.

Chaired by Jill Entwistle, editor of the Lighting Journal, the speakers covered a wide range of topics in technical & artistic approaches to lighting practice today. Jonathan joined other members of the lighting community, including Kevan Shaw (KSLD), Stephen Cannon-Brookes (CB Lighting), Arfon Davies (Arup), George Sexton (Geo. Sexton Associates) & David Saunders (British Museum), and give a review of recent DHA projects that used a variety of light sources in museum environments, including our work on the Mary Rose Museum & the Navy, Nelson & Nation Galleries at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

The talk was well attended by members of the museum community, and the quantity and technical nature of the questions asked by many delegates at the end of the presentations showed that lighting is a key area of interest to museum professionals.

A review of the conference can be found in the July/August edition of the Lighting Journal.