Monthly Archives: July 2013

Raising Money for Demelza Hospice Care For Children

The London Duathlon takes place on Sunday 15 September in Richmond Park. The ‘classic’ race consists of a 10km run, 40km bike ride and a 5km run. Peter has signed up for the challenge, along with a few Dads from his local area, and will be raising funds for a local children’s hospice in SE London and Kent called Demelza.

If you’d like to sponsor Peter, then the easiest method is through this website:

Remember to pay under Gift Aid, if you can. Every penny received via the mydonate website, including the gift aid money, is passed on to the charity.

Thanks so much!

DHA & the D&AD Awards

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.

The Grand Entrance Revisited

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.

Lighting Club to Catwalk at the V&A

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