We are delighted to announce that Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed as lighting consultants for Plymouth Better Places – a £27 million-pound regeneration project that will transform the city centre in time for the Mayflower 400 year celebrations and beyond. The consultant team is led by WSP and LDA Design and includes South West […]
We are delighted to announce that the Brooklands Aircraft Factory has finally opened its doors to the public. The project is part of the wider £8m Heritage Lottery- funded Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Race Track Revival Project. The new exhibition, designed by RAA, is located within the Bellman Hanger, which has been moved off the […]
We are delighted to announce that we are working with multi-award winning landscape architects LUC on the Landscape Masterplan for the National Maritime Museum. Michael Grubb Studio are appointed as lighting designers with the role of developing a Light & Dark Strategy for the site. The landscape significance of the National Maritime Museum site is […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed to provide lighting design services for prestigious Hook Restaurant, at Farncombe Estate. The newly developed restaurant and bar project is being designed by Hannah Lohan Interiors and will be open to the public in March 2018. Distinctive, addictive and unlike anywhere else in the Cotswolds, Hook will take dining […]
Lets be reflective and look at how things have progressed in 2017 for the company as well as the lighting design industry as a whole.
Nurturing tomorrow’s seasoned lighting design team, involves immersing in today’s talent. Lets put the spotlight on our newest team members.
Michael Grubb Studio collaborated (once again) with LOVE Creative to create a world class visitor experience within the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin – this time it was to bring the Guinness brewing process to life. Using a combination of interactive exhibits, spatial and lighting design, along with new film footage and photography, the team designed a […]
Michael Grubb Studio won the ‘invited competition’ to provide lighting design services for London Metropolitan University’s Holloway Campus. The project seeks to unify a disparate collection of existing buildings and provide a new ‘heart’ at the centre of campus. Michael Grubb Studio will be working in conjunction with Gustafson Porter + Bowman (Landscape Architects), Design […]
Michael Grubb Studio is delighted to announce that we have appointed by Landsec (formerly Land Securities) to provide lighting design services for the Plaza at Bluewater Shopping Centre. Shopping is an experience at this beautifully designed centre in north Kent. It opened in 1999 and continues to be one of the best retail and leisure […]
Michael Grubb Studio was appointed by London’s Science Museum to provide lighting design services for ‘Superbugs, the fight for our lives’ – which runs until the 9th November 2017. Antibiotics have enabled us to combat diseases that were once untreatable. But bacteria have fought back, evolving into superbugs resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics. […]
Michael has accepted an invitation for ExpoTrade to provide a keynote speach at the the 7th edition of the Middle East Lighting Design Summit, which is set to take place in Dubai on 2-3 May 2018. Michael will be joined by over 30 other industry experts from across the GCC region, all of which will […]
Michael presented ‘Create retail experiences, not showrooms!’ at the biannual PLDC Convention – a global lighting design conference for lighting designers, architects, researchers, universities, industry and clients. PLDC brought together over 2000 attendees from over 25 associations. This included representatives from 38 universities and institutes, all travelling from various cities from around the globe. Michael […]
Special one-off projects can be so much more than something that disappears after the initial fanfare. Creativity with a limited brief, deserves to be shared.
Discover Children’s Story Centre have appointed Michael Grubb Studio as the lighting design team for A World Inside A Book exhibition.
Michael Grubb Studio have been appointed by Reselton Properties to provide a Lighting Masterplan for the Mortlake Stage Brewery site, Richmond-Upon-Thames, London.
Michael Grubb Studio are delighted to announce that we have been appointed by Amazon UK to provide Lighting Design services for their internal creative agency D1.
Michael Grubb Studio’s lighting scheme for Wonderlab at London’s Science Musuem has been shortlisted for in the FX Awards 2017.
We are delighted to announce that we have moved in to our new studio. It is only a short walk from our previous location, but we are happy to call a new place home.
When you work to an ethos, you can move mountains. Lets share how the team have worked to the think, play and produce principals.
Michael Grubb Studio is delighted to announce that we have been appointed by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to provide permanent festive lighting for London’s iconic Brick Lane. A microcosm of London’s shifting ethnic patterns, the area around Brick Lane in East London was once associated with poor slums and the scene of the […]
We are looking for a creative, charismatic and ambitious Senior Designer / Associate to join our multi-award winning team. You will require natural leadership qualities and aspirations to full-fill management duties moving forward. You will also need to be an excellent communicator, able to inspire clients, collaborate with design partners and demonstrate technical knowledge with regards […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by the Arts University Bournemouth to provide lighting design services for their new £17M student accommodation campus. The proposed 9,000m2 project will provide 297 bedrooms, 269 of which will be delivered as cluster flats sharing a communal kitchen area, 23 as studio apartments with their own kitchen facilities and […]
Michael Grubb Studio now provides certified RIBA CPD ontent for architects and other design professionals. ‘Inspired by Light’ is the first seminar on offer and can be booked through the official RIBA CPD website. Further content is currently being developed and will be available in due course.
We are delighted to announce that Matt Waugh and Greta Smetoniute have both been promoted to Senior Designer and Project Designer respectively. Matt’s current projects include the AUB Plot Q Campus in Bournemouth, West Downs Campus for University of Winchester, Bath Abbey Footprint, Woolsey Regeneration and two projects in Morocco (that cannot be named). Matt […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed to provide lighting designs for a new hospitality project in the North Devon village of Woolfardisworthy (pronounced — and thankfully often spelt — Woolsery). The project consists of a derelict manor house which is being turned into a boutique hotel, a series of refurbished cottages and the local village pub. […]
Wonderlab, at the Science Museum, London has been awarded a 2017 IES Illumination Award of Merit for its “meritorious contribution to the lighting profession”. All projects were reviewed and judged by a jury of lighting design peers from a broad professional spectrum, representing diverse skills and depth of lighting design knowledge and application expertise. 2017 IES […]
Creating spaces that encourage thinking, play and production, builds stronger businesses.
Perfume, a sensory journey through contemporary scent has now opened at Somerset House. The temporary exhibition will run from June – 17 September 2017. Michael Grubb Studio worked in collaboration with Muf Architecture, who provided exhibition design for various spaces. The multi-sensory exhibition features ten extraordinary perfumes and their pioneering creators, all of which have radically […]
Michael Grubb has accepted an invitation from the Lighting Institute to speak at the THINKLIGHT Forum in Dubai. The two-day conference, associated with Light Middle East, runs on the 18-19 October 2017. THINKLIGHT will discuss lighting from three perspectives including concept, project and application basis under 2 main categories THINK SMART and THINK DESIGN and is aimed at the […]
Michael Grubb Studio has agreed to support, participate and provide a light-art installation for the 2017 DARC night. The event will take place at MC Motors, an Aladdins Cave of props and surprising spaces, in Dalston, London on September 14th, 2017. The DARC awards is a unique concept where every independent architectural lighting designer and light artist will […]
Lets look at the value of becoming active by sharing knowledge with others. We are now working with the Lighting Alliance and RIBA CPD.
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by London Zoo to provide lighting design services for their new Zoorassic Park experience, which will run from 22 July – 3 September 2017. For just six weeks, visitors will take a trip via a time machine to the Mesozoic era (about 65 million years ago – give or […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by the Intothewoods Glos Ltd to provide a Lighting Design services for the newly proposed ‘Into the Woods’ experience. Proposals will be for 7 cabins that will seek to be discreetly placed throughout the woodland and around two large lakes. As well as the cabins, there will be walkways, […]
We are delighted to announce that the Design Workshops & Studios at the Arts University Bournemouth has won a 2017 RICS Award and a RIBA South West Award 2017. An imaginative conversion of redundant former halls of residence, the success of AUB Design Studios is well deserved recognition for the work of a strong integrated […]
Lessons learnt from the past become ingrained in how we approach lighting design today.
We are currently looking for enthusiastic and hard working Design Technician’s to join our multi-award winning lighting design team. Applicants must be passionate about design, have great communication skills and be fluent in both written and spoken English. Tasks will include CAD layouts, detailed drawings, written documents, graphic presentations and general co-ordination as needed to […]
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.