Perfume will be a multi-sensory exhibition that features ten extraordinary perfumes and their pioneering creators, all of which have radically changed our perceptions of fragrance over the last 20 years. From the self-taught to the classically trained, the exhibition explores perfumers reworking their palette of ingredients to construct original and outrageous signatures which assault all of […]
The Lighting Journal, the official publication of the Institute of Lighting Professionals, has published Michael’s article titled ‘Tales of the City’. It features in the April 2017 edition – and we even got the front cover! The article looks at Michael Grubb Studio’s storytelling approach to public realm lighting, which is driven by giving purpose […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by Union Chapel to design an exterior lighting scheme for its iconic London venue, which is located in the heart of Islington. Union Chapel is an amazing space. It is an architectural treasure that’s home to a working church, an award-winning venue, a unique organ and The Margins Project for those homeless and […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by Diageo to provide lighting design services for Brewing, a new interactive experience at the Guinness Storehouse that will allow visitors the chance to find out exactly what it takes to make Guinness. From the famous strain of yeast to the passion shared by all the brewers, the gallery […]
In total, 22 exhibits compete for attention in Wonderlab and designing a space to hold them all was no mean feat. The task was taken on by Michael Grubb Studio (which took care of lighting), Ab Rogers (3D design) and LucienneRoberts+ (2D design). Wonderlab is all about experimenting with science. Students can investigate how light and sound […]
Michael Grubb has accepted the invitation to participate at “Ó Mouraria, ilumina a montra!” in Lisbon, which will be held from 13 to 15 September 2017. This event is being organized by LLD-APDII (Portuguese Association of Independent Lighting Designers), with the remit to raising awareness, in Portugal, of the lighting design profession. The event’s main focus […]
Michael has accepted an invitation from the ILP to speak at the Lighting For Good event, which is to be held on 16th May 2017 at Marshalls Design Space, London How can you help people and do something positive in this world? Does your career benefit the public? Could it, and should it? How should we, the […]
Michael Grubb Studio provided a unique and playful lighting installation for the official opening of Wonderlab, at the National Science + Media Museum. The temporary installation incorporated large-scale helium balloons with temporary lighting overlaid and programmed to animate the large glazed atrium. The installation is now being developed in to a permanent scheme that will […]
Michael Grubb has accepted an invitation to participate in a live LUX Webinar on 3 May 2017. The live session will explore the ways that retail lighting is becoming influenced not only by the amount of illumination generated, but, most crucially, by the colour of the light itself. The rise of the LED has changed the way […]
The Re:lit project is an award winning lighting initiative that has been embraced for three years. It now sits at a crossroads.
‘Madonna and Miracles’ is a major exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Musuem. The new exhibition reveals the central place of religion in the Italian Renaissance and how religious beliefs and practices were embedded in every aspect of domestic life. The exhibition challenges the idea of the Renaissance as a time of increasing worldliness and secularization, the […]
We are delighted to announce that Wonderlab, at London’s Science Museum, has been shortlisted for a Lighting Design Award. The £6 million project opened in October 2016 and is widely recognized as being the museum’s most ambitious children’s interactive initiative. The Lighting Design Awards will be held at the prestigious London Hilton on Park Lane […]
Michael Grubb will be speaking at PLDC 2017, which is to be held in Paris between 2nd – 4th November 2017. Michael’s talk “Creating retail experiences, not showrooms!” is scheduled for 11:15am, on 04 November 2017. Based on the successful proven concept, PLDC will again be built around a three-day professional conference offering approximately 70 […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by N Peal to provide lighting design services for their new retail store at Bicester Village. N Peal is a British brand with four beautiful stores located in London. The flagship store has been within the famous Burlington Arcade, Mayfair since 1936. Other stores are located within Knightsbridge, Sloane […]
Michael Grubb has accepted an invitation to speak at SHARE BUCHAREST 2017. The dynamic event includes four professional conferences organized over two days, on 21 and 22 March, at Marriott Grand Hotel Bucharest. The event brings principals and senior architects from leading practices together to discuss and gain inspiration from each other. The conferences offer […]
Stuart Alexander presented “Blobs, Scallops and Glowing Things: Serving up the language of light from the depths of the ocean” at Light School on Tuesday 7th February. Jess Gallacher , Operations Manager at the ILP said “the ILP supports Light School because, like the Institution, it is all about sharing lighting knowledge and helping people who […]
Lets share the emphasis on learning and becoming comfortable within not just an industry, but also a language with Anna Taddei, our junior designer.
The lighting design approach will always take precedence over a project sector. Here is how we are working from now on.
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by Lendlease to provide lighting design services for London’s Elephant Park Residual Estate. The studio will be working in collaboration with Gillespies and Buro Happold to deliver part of the site wide Lighting Masterplan, as developed by Speirs+Major. Spiers+Major will act as Lighting Guardians as well as provide lighting designs […]
We are delighted to announce that Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by the University of Winchester to provide lighting design services for their new landmark building. The new £20m project will be the most ambitious yet undertaken by the University of Winchester, currently celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding. Michael Grubb Studio will […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by the Clouston Group to provide lighting design services for Orchard Street & Forth Banks Tunnels. Both tunnels are situated on the edge of the Stephenson Quarter and act as key strategic gateways to the development via Central Station. Michael Grubb Studio will be collaborating with Xcite Architecture to […]
Michael Grubb Studio is now four years old – and things are changing. A look at three years as a lighting design consultancy.
Following on from the success of our award-winning lighting scheme for LUSH retail stores, we have been busy developing immersive lighting concepts that can support Lush Spa treatments. Lush spa treatments combine reviving massage and holistic techniques with fairy tale fragrance and elements of the fantastical. Music, poetry and storybook escapism all play a part […]
The Science Museum Wonderlab gallery presented us with the richness of learning about light. Lets share what we took.
Our work for Lush, has been awarded the 2016 ‘Retail Lighting Project Of The Year’ at the Lux Awards.
Michael Grubb Studio’s scheme for Crabtree & Evelyn has been shortlisted for the 2017 Surface Design Awards. Michael Grubb Studio collaborated with architectural practice, London Atelier to deliver the Herbarium interactive display. The display is a choreographed ensemble of herbs, plants and flowers preserved in panes of soap within a brass grid lit by an […]
Michael accepted an invitation from the Society of Light & Lighting (SLL) to judge the inaugural Ready Steady Light Middle East, which took place on 31st October 2016. Each team of designers was allocated a site and were given 90 minutes to design and install an exterior lighting scheme with the equipment provided. They all […]
Michael accepted an invitation to participate in the ‘My biggest inspiration’ event, hosted by Zumtobel ME at the Chart Lounge, Dubai Marina Yacht Club. The event was hosted by Alison Ritter, Head of Educational Concepts and Programmes at VIA, who interviewed Michael and 4 other lighting designers from around the globe. Questions included: Are lighting […]
On Saturday 22nd October 2016, the Lush Bournemouth store opened its doors to customers again following a six-month extensive restoration project. The new shop showcases all that is innovative and inspiring about Lush. The store is only the 4th shop in the world (after London Oxford Street, Manchester and Hong Kong) to offer customers the […]
The refurbishment of Robert Stephenson’s Boiler Shop is now complete, with lighting design by Michael Grubb Studio. A unique venue full of character and rugged charm. The Boiler Shop was constructed in the 1820s for the Robert Stephenson & Co. Locomotive Works. Rich in engineering history and architectural interest, it is Grade II* listed. Perfect […]
Stuart Alexander will be talking at Light School 2017. Stuart will be talking about Michael Grubb Studio’s collaboration with Bootstrap and their Dalston Roof Park in London. The School Room will have more 2½ days of lessons and hands-on demos with top UK lighting designers taking on the role of lecturers. The aim of Light […]
Cambridge University’s Fitzwilliam Museum has once again appointed Michael Grubb Studio to provide exhibition lighting design services, this time for its new ‘Madonna’s & Miracles’ exhibition, opening in the Spring of 2017 (7 March – 4 June). The exhibition will be exploring the material culture of piety in the Renaissance Italian home. The exhibition will […]
Michael Grubb Studio’s residential lighting scheme for a private dwelling in London’s Primrose Hill is featured in At home with Sarah Beeny. The article focuses on the role of lighting design and how to use layers of light to create the most desirable lit environment for our homes. The article follows a wide range of […]
Michael Grubb Studio have been appointed by Colliers International to provide commercial lighting design services to high-end commercial office development in Mayfair, London. The Grade 2 listed building provides office accommodation over 4 floors, with Michael Grubb Studio focusing on the ground floor space. Lighting designs are being developed to be meet LG7 lighting requirements […]
A dedicated formula provides structure for the success of any project. Here is why you need to take a step out of the lighting design brief.
Peterborough Investment Partnership has appointed Michael Grubb Studio to provide a sitewide public realm lighting strategy for Fletton Quays. Fletton Quays is the first of several city centre sites to be brought forward by the Partnership for redevelopment. The planning application was submitted in September 2015 with outline consent approved in December 2015. The site […]
Michael Grubb Studio has signed a worldwide framework agreement with international cosmetics company Lush. The agreement will see Michael Grubb Studio providing lighting designs for new and newly refurbished retail stores around the globe. Current projects include: Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Bristol, Madrid, Cardiff, Den Haag and Milan. Lush has over 700 retail outlets spanning from […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by LDA Design to provide an Outline Lighting Strategy for the new 125,000m2 campus for UCL on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The 4.5 hectare UCL site will be located south of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the Zaha Hadid-designed London Aquatics Centre. The first phase of UCL East is expected to […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by Bournemouth Borough Council to provide lighting designs for the exterior of Pavilion Theatre. Bournemouth Pavilion is one of the South Coast’s best loved theatres and cultural venues. For nearly a century it has remained in constant use and is still the first choice venue for many of the […]
Guinness Storehouse has been shortlisted for yet another lighting design award, this time a Codega Prize. The candidate projects will be presented and discussed during ILLUMINOTRONICA (PadovaFiere 6/8 October – Padua), with the prize-giving ceremony taking place on Friday 7th October evening in Venice.
Michael Grubb Studio presented DREAM3 at the 2016 DARC Awards. The ‘tongue-in-cheek’ light-art installation was a collaboration project with LSE Lighting and looked to represent the two companies personality, skill set and creativity. The brief was ‘Urban Gritty & Industrial’…. but we wanted to bring a piece of our world to East London. Playing on […]
Guinness Storehouse has been shortlisted for yet another award, this time it is the 2016 FX Awards. The lighting design winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, held in London on 30 November 2016. You can read all about the project here
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed, as lighting consultants, for the prestigious Bath Abbey Footprint Project. The project is an £19.3 million programme of capital works and interpretation that will provide innovative and sustainable solutions for the Abbey. Michael Grubb Studio will be providing a new energy efficient lighting scheme for the interior of the […]
The use of light as a branding tool deepens a brand strategy. Lets look at this role of light and branding and how everything is about perception.
Michael Grubb will be presenting with Lush store designer Melody Morton at LuxLive 2016. The presentation titled ‘Retail Lighting Hero: LUSH’ will look at the new lighting design concept for Manchester Arndale and how the high-street cosmetics retailer has cut energy use by half whilst creating a truly immersive experience for customers. The presentation will […]
Here is our latest Accidental Adventure. This time it is with Factorylux who kindly arranged for us ‘to make some lights’ at Kimmeridge Bay – which also allowed us to enjoy a long Dorset coast sunset. You can view more of our adventures on our YouTube and Vimeo channels. Enjoy!
The Fitzwilliam Museum’s latest exhibition ‘Colour: The Art of Science of Illuminated Manuscripts’ has opened to rave reviews. The exhibition COLOUR showcases advanced research undertaken by the Fitzwilliam’s curators, scientists and conservators involved in the Cambridge Illuminations and MINIARE projects. It celebrates modern-day discoveries inspired by collections assembled over 200 years ago. “The Fitzwilliam Museum best-preserved manuscripts are beautifully lit […]
Michael Grubb will be speaking in the LewesLight one-day conference on 14th October 2016, as part of the LewesLight Festival of Lighting 2016 which starts on 10th October 2016. The festival investigates the potential light has to improve the environment and the spaces we occupy, as well as a greater understanding and interpretation of a […]
Dalston Roof Garden was awarded 2nd Place, in the Small Spaces category, at the 2016 DARC Awards. The Roof Garden is a popular summer time destination which is run by community charity Bootstrap. The concept ‘Sunset, all night long’ was achieved through the use of white light and a limited range of yellow, amber and red […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been shortlisted for two LUX Awards. These include, Guinness Storehouse, for Hospitality & Leisure Lighting Project of the Year and LUSH Arndale, for best Retail Lighting Project of the Year. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, held in London on 24th September 2016.
The first exhibition in the all-new Discover Museum brings to life the fantastic world of Dr. Seuss. Lighting Design by Michael Grubb Studio. Step inside this vivid and immersive exhibition inspired by the beautiful illustrations from Dr. Seuss’s funny and fantastical stories including: The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham and […]
Stuart Alexander tells the inside story of Dalston Roof Park for Light Collective TV. Stuart talks about the principles of the project and demonstrates how sometimes lighting design is a work of pure love and commitment (even when you are a working with a shoestring budget). The project is shortlisted for a 2016 DARC Awards […]
The largest LUSH store in the North of the UK has just opened at Manchester’s Arndale Centre, with lighting design by Michael Grubb Studio. Michael Grubb Studio brief was to create a new immersive experience that would enhance the products on display, engage with customers and reinforce the unique LUSH brand. Working closely with the […]
Michael Grubb Studio provided lighting design services for a prestigious 4-storey residential home, located in the heart of London’s Primrose Hill. The sympathetic lighting scheme complements the interior design and provides a unique ambience to each space, which includes a home cinema, studio and entertaining spaces.
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by Poole Borough Council to provide concept lighting designs for Sea Music. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund the project aims to conserve and celebrate Sir Anthony Caro’s iconic Sea Music sculpture and viewing platforms on Poole Quay. As well as the capital project to conserve Sea Music there […]
Lets ask Matt Waugh what he knows and look at the world of architectural design and his advice for others looking to follow a similar path into lighting design.
Michael Grubb Studio is delighted to announce that we have three projects shortlisted for the 2016 DARC Awards. Projects include: Seven Stories – National Centre for Children’s Books, Dalston Roof Park and Bournemouth Pier Approach. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, held at MC Motors, London on 15th September 2016.
Michael Grubb presented a the ILP Professional Lighting Summit in Brighton (UK) on Wednesday 15th June. Michael’s talk ‘Telling Stories with Light’ looked at how Michael Grubb Studio approached public engagement and how local community groups can help shape, deliver and even maintain new exterior lighting schemes. “We were thrilled to have Michael talk at […]
Michael Grubb Studio’s lighting scheme for Guinness Storehouse is featured in Lighting Magazine (Volume 48, Issue 03). The 16-page article looks at how Michael Grubb Studio helped turn the Storehouse into the most visited tourist destination in Ireland. The article also looks at how the new lighting scheme was configured to enhance the world famous […]
Michael Grubb was invited by That’s Solent TV to talk about the Studio’s work and how lighting can enrich our everyday lives. The live TV interview was aired on 23rd June and included questions on favourite projects, the role of a lighting design and the successful Night of Heritage Lighting event along the Jurassic Coast.
Online retailer Great Little Trading Co (GLTC) has brought its collection of children’s furniture, home accessories and classic wooden toys to the high street for the first time with a store in Wandsworth, London. Designed by Resolution Interiors, with lighting design by Michael Grubb Studio, the 560 sq m showroom space features a series of […]
Michael Grubb Studio’s lighting scheme for Queensway Residence has been published in Architects Journal (21.04.16/ Volume 243 / Issue 100). The project is a collaboration between developer Baylight and Robin Lee Architecture involving the conversion of a former warehouse building in Bayswater, West London. The original brief was to upgrade and subdivide the building to […]
We all have an obligation to say ‘thank you.’ Here is why we do our beach party for everyone who plays a role in the lighting design industry.
Congratulations to our very own Stuart Alexander who has been listed by Lighting Magazine as being amongst the top 40 lighting designers under the age of 40. The list, which was unveiled at the opening of the 2016 Lighting Design Awards, reveals the next generation of talent and includes lighting designers from over 20 countries.
We are delighted to announce that the Night of Heritage Lighting event won the 2016 Lighting Design Award for Heritage Lighting. The event, organised by the Society of Light & Lighting (SLL), was held on 1st October 2015 to celebrate the International Year of Light. Michael Grubb Studio was one of 10 design teams responsible […]
The ability to soak in and top up our understanding of the lighting industry allows us to question and continually look at how the profession is evolving. Here are lessons from a lot of travel in the past month.
It’s the annual Michael Grubb Studio Beach Party and we’d love you to be a part of it. Put the day to one side, join us on the stunning beach here in Bournemouth and we’ll look after you. You deserve it! Activities include: BBQ! Beach Games! Water Activities! NO PEBBLES / NO STONES / NO […]
Michael Grubb will be speaking at the Professional Lighting Summit, which is to be held in Brighton (UK) on the 15th-16th June. Michael’s talk ‘Telling Stories with Light’ will be on Wednesday 15th June. The ILP Professional Lighting Summit provides hours of CPD content delivered by the only UK independent professional body for the lighting community. The […]
The Retail Outlet is a space for brands and suppliers to the retail industry to share how the landscape is evolving. Michael Grubb shares his thoughts on the event and retail lighting in advance of the first Retail Outlet event, which will be held on 18th May 2016 at London’s Hoxton hotel. The following interview can be read in full on […]
Michael Grubb Studio has agreed to support, participate and provide a light-art installation for the 2016 DARC Awards. DARC night will take place at MC Motors, an Aladdins Cave of props and surprising spaces, in Dalston, London on September 15th, 2016. The DARC awards is a unique concept where every independent architectural lighting designer and light artist will […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by Holy Name Church to provide heritage lighting design services for their new restoration project. The Holy Name Church is a solid and well-detailed neo-Romanesque design of the late 1920s, with some Byzantine influences, and makes a positive contribution to the Jesmond Dene Conservation Area of Newcastle upon Tyne. […]
As a first step towards continuing professional development in the lighting design world VIA have embarked on a series of interactive workshop seminars designed for professionals and taught by professionals – knowledge transfer in the truest sense. In Dubai, the teaching team will consist of Eleni Savvidou (UAE) and Michael Grubb from the UK. The […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by the Clouston Group to provide lighting design services for a group of pocket parks that link the new Crowne Plaza Hotel with the historic Boiler Shop. Michael Grubb Studio will be working in conjunction with landscape architects Southern Green. The project is on site with works due to […]
The topic of light and colour presents many hurdles. Lets share our perspective on the role of colour in light within a chosen space.
It is great to be asked to support other businesses and to share our knowledge. The Retail Outlet project, by Resolution Interiors is one we are looking forward to being involved with in May.
We are excited to announce that Bootstrap’s Roof Park Garden will be supported by the ReLIT Project. The space, which is located in Dalston, will be designed to define the summer in East London. Our brief is to enhance the space at night, but in true MGS fashion we will be pushing the boundaries of […]
London Borough of Lambeth has appointed Michael Grubb Studio to provide decorative light-art proposals for Old Paradise Street and Black Prince Road tunnels. Old Paradise Street is located next to Newport Street Gallery, which presents exhibitions of work from Damien Hirst’s art collection. Black Prince Street connects with the riverside and is steeped in history. […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed (once again) by Discover Children’s Story Centre to provide lighting design services for their brand new exhibition THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF DR. SEUSS which will be at the heart of DISCOVER‘s official grand re-opening of the new look building on Wednesday 20 July 2016. Visitors will step inside the […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by BAM Construction to provide specialist lighting design services for the Reception, Communal Spaces, Facades, Roof Terraces and surrounding Public Realm of a new 170,000 sq ft development in London Kings Cross. Architecture by Bennetts Associates with landscape design by LDA Design. Michael Grubb Studio will be collaborating with […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed to provide lighting design services for COLOUR – a new temporary exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. The exhibition celebrates the Fitzwilliam Musuem’s 2016 bicentenary with a stunning display of 150 illuminated manuscripts from its rich collections. Manuscripts were at the heart of Viscount Fitzwilliam’s collection with which the […]
No one really cares about what you know about lighting design, until you make a change. Lets have a look at the Chicken Town project and the deeper meaning.
Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt has opened at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Lighting design by Michael Grubb Studio. The first major exhibition for the Fitzwilliam’s 2016 bicentenary celebrations goes beyond the images of mummies, pharaohs and mystery often associated with ancient Egypt. It shows how coffin design developed over 4,000 […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by Bournemouth Borough Council to provide lighting strategy and design services for Bournemouth Station Roundabout and adjoining pocket parks. The site acts as the main pedestrian route into the town center and sits on the edge of the rapidly expanding ‘digital quarter’ which is home to the fastest growing […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed (once again) by Diageo to prepare lighting designs for the exterior of Guinness Storehouse – the Home of Guinness. The Studio will be working with the in-house operations and maintenance teams to deliver a high impact scheme that can be used to brand special events and key dates in […]
Michael Grubb Studio had been appointed by Hereford Business Improvement District (HBID) to develop a lighting strategy for the various routes, alleys and passageways within the Town Centre. Michael Grubb Studio, who are already working on the Hereford High Town project, will be providing creative lighting design solutions which will help create a distinctive look […]
The work you have created is out there for all to see, but its roots are from yesterday. Past glories should not become something you hold onto too closely. Lets explain.
Newcastle’s Gin Bar is now open! It specialises in Martinis and other authentically produced Gin based cocktails. You can create, or ‘Re-engineer’ your own cocktail the way you want it using our unique menu. Classic cocktails and a wide range of all your favourite drinks are on offer too. Lighting design by Michael Grubb Studio. […]
Live Works, by Live Theatre, is one of the most significant and exciting developments on Newcastle’s Quayside. With its cultural roots it is a very different and distinct proposition. With its elegant stone façade on the Quayside and contemporary brick detailing to its north, Live Works’ interiors are arranged over four floors with terraces that […]
The Mineral House Spa is a brand new and gorgeous spa with a unique range of Germaine de Capuccini treatments, based on natural minerals. Lighting design by Michael Grubb Studio. The spa is based within the new, luxurious Hotel, The Crowne Plaza, Stephenson Quarter with 261 bedrooms. Comprised of a fully equipped gymnasium, spa pool, hot […]
Seven Stories is delighted to have won Large Visitor Attraction at the 2015 North East England Tourism Awards. The result was announced on Tuesday 24 November at Newcastle Civic Centre. Seven Stories will now go onto compete on a national stage at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in 2015. Lighting design by Michael Grubb Studio.